Love, Ruby Lavender

by Deborah Wiles (Author)

Love, Ruby Lavender
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Ruby Lavender and Miss Eula are a pretty good team, for a couple of chicken thieves. What other granddaughter-grandmother duo could successfully drive the getaway car for chickens rescued from a journey to the slaughterhouse, paint a whole house shocking pink, and operate their own personal secret-letter post office?

So, when Miss Eula leaves for Hawaii to visit her new grandbaby, Ruby is sure that she will have a lonely, empty, horrible summer in boring old Halleluia, Mississippi. What happens instead? She makes a new friend, saves the school play, writes plenty of letters to her favorite (and only) grandmother . . . and finally learns to stop blaming herself for her grandfather's death. Not too bad, for a nine-year-old.

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Publishers Weekly

Charming nine-year-old Ruby invites readers to view life with her grandmother in small-town Halleluia, Mississippi, with a winsome third-person narrative that incorporates letters, newspaper articles and an abundance of comical details. Ages 8-12.  

Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

[star]"A lively, humorous story. . . . Colorful and spirited.

Copyright 2001 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

This small comic novel makes good use of a lot of chickens."—The New York Times Book Review 

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Clarion Books
Publication date
March 20, 2005
BISAC categories
JUV039030 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Death & Dying
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV024000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Country Life
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