Love, Ruby Lavender

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When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.

When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in ...

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Overview

When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.

When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.

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Editorial Reviews

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. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Nine-year-old Ruby is devastated when her grandmother (and best friend) goes to Hawaii to see her newest (and second) granddaughter. Ruby fights loneliness and jealousy by writing letters to her grandmother and by caring for three chickens they rescued from the slaughterhouse. There was a serious accident a year ago—Ruby's grandfather and Melba's (also nine) father were killed in a car accident. Each character handles the personal loss differently—Melba is angry and blames Ruby, Ruby's grandmother goes to Hawaii to escape the memories, and Ruby feels guilty and always takes the long way into town to avoid the scene of the accident. She must also cope with Melba's anger and cruel teasing. The grudge escalates to Melba tossing rocks at the hen house and killing two baby chicks just before they are due to hatch. Ruby is devastated but learns to forgive herself as well as Melba. The maturity level and perceptions of these nine-year-olds is exceptionally high, but it is well-written and could appeal to an older audience. The format includes letters Ruby writes to and receives from her grandmother, which are full of pathos, humor and feeling. 2001, Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 9 to 11. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Talented Tony award-winner Judith Ivey is the narrator of this inventive title. An exceptional story in its own right, author Deborah Wiles (Harcourt, 2001) has created an irresistible character in Ruby Lavender, the most precocious resident of Hallelulia, Mississippi. Ruby is the only grandchild of Miss Eula Dapplevine, and the two are definitely "kindred spirits." Partners in crime - they steal ready-to-be-slaughtered chickens - the two share their thoughts and feelings by leaving daily missives in the knothole of a silver maple. Ruby, adventurous and opinionated, is devastated when her grandmother announces her plans to visit a new grandchild ("I hope they name her Hortense," Ruby offers) in Hawaii. Miss Eula and Ruby continue their correspondence throughout the summer, as Ruby offers "free advice," like "Always jiggle babies after they eat." Miss Eula consoles Ruby as she faces challenges and tries her best to combat the jealousy she feels toward her new cousin. Ruby's arch rival, Melba Jane, irritates Ruby, tells secrets. and generally upstages her until the day she really needs help, and Ruby comes to her rescue. Proving her theory that "life does go on," Miss Eula returns to Hallelulia to find that Ruby has, to her own surprise, made new friends and matured a bit in her absence. A rewarding read that perfectly blends the culture and the humor of the south, this not-to-be-missed title will be welcome in all collections that circulate audiobooks for children. -Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"This small comic novel makes good use of a lot of chickens."—The New York Times Book Review
[star]"A lively, humorous story. . . . Colorful and spirited."—School Library Journal (starred review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152054786
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: Ages 8-12
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 83,906
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

DEBORAH WILES is the award-winning author of Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award finalist; Love, Ruby Lavender, an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Sense 76 Pick, an NCTE Notable Book for the Language Arts, and a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing; Freedom Summer, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; The Aurora County All-Stars, a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing; and One Wide Sky. She lives in Georgia.

www.deborahwiles.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Mya b.

    This is an award winning book. Its very good! Yall should read "each little bird that sings" its very sweet. I love it. Its sad though.. where i am in the book... i cried. I still am! Its so sweet and loving. It teaches you about what a true friend is, love, sacrifice, ect. So wonderful. I cant stop reading it! I luv this writer! *cries* its so wonderful! U NEED TO READ EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS BY THIS WRITER!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Gree Great book

    I am a nine year old and this is a terrific book and it is one of the books in battle of the books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Just OK!

    The book I¿m reviewing is Love, Ruby Lavender written by Deborah Wiles. I think this book deserves three stars. It is just an okay book because the author does not describe the characters very well. She also does not use a lot of adjectives. This book is about a young girl named Ruby and her grandma Miss Eula. When Miss Eula goes to visit her new granddaughter in Hawaii, Ruby meets her teacher¿s niece and become best friends. Ruby and Miss. Eula¿s relationship is maintained by mail. They can¿t wait until they see each other again. A problem that occurs in this story is that Miss Eula goes to Hawaii to meet her new baby cousin and leaves Ruby behind. Ruby and Miss. Eula write letters to each other. Ruby is jealous of her new cousin . I¿d recommend this book to children in grades 2-5. This author doesn¿t have any other books published yet.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    I love this book so much

    It is so good yall have got to read it ive read it at least 10 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Amazing

    My teacger reads it tii me thank u debra so much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    READ THIS NOW!!

    U will totally luv this book+ it is a battle of the books book 2013/2014! No matter if u r 7 or 100 u WILL luv it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Love

    This has been one of my favorite books since I was little. A very sweet book for any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Swiftpaw

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    My name is......

    Lavender and love this book to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    I love this book and have nothing to read what should i read next

    Ggggg

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    TAP HERe

    I love this book it is so good im in the middle of it and it is good so far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

    This book os abput big problems in a small town

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Good

    This is a really good book that instantly grabs your attention. It is funny how ruby is so opinionated. It is really cute how devoted she is to her chickens. I xan see why. They ar great.everyone shpuld read this book now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Hhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I was a very good book i think the people who don't like it r carzy tack that people!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    SO GOOD!

    This is one of my favorite books!!! Ruby is funny!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Sweet Garden of Peas!

    It is so good. This book was not like any other book that I have read. Buy it now!!!!!!!! Its worth it. It also a good book for when you read to your child for a bedtime story.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Very interesting book

    You know I have never read a book that really catched my attention like this one does

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Amazing

    I read this book in 2nd grade and loved it! Now as an 8th grader i found it again and fell in love..... again:) I would recomend this book to anyone! Great book to curl up with on a rainy day... istantly warms your heart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    Great book

    I love this book i read it on my kindle and now on a nook by the way my name is Gionna

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Good book, many mistakes

    There are so many typing errors in this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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