Love, Ruby Lavender

Love, Ruby Lavender

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by Deborah Wiles, Debbie Wiles
     
 

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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

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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.

Judith Ivey is a two-time Tony Winner, most recently starring on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's Follies. On TV she starred in several series, most notably in Designing Women. Her film work includes Washington Square, Devil's Advocate and Mystery, Alaska.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152045685
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Love, Ruby Lavender 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite books since I was little. A very sweet book for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books!!! Ruby is funny!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mya Jackson More than 1 year ago
You know I have never read a book that really catched my attention like this one does
Olivia Peterson More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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I am a nine year old and this is a terrific book and it is one of the books in battle of the books
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Gionna Combs More than 1 year ago
I love this book i read it on my kindle and now on a nook by the way my name is Gionna
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RancherHicks More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio version of this book and couldn't put it down. I had to see if Miss Eula was coming back. I had to see what Ruby and Melba were going to do. I won't give it away, but it wasn't what I expected. This is a great book and I intend to buy it. I borrowed it from the public library.