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Children's LiteratureAll Ruby wants to do is be with her Pa. As a young girl, she spends all of her time following her Pa around in the lumber camp where he works. But when Ruby turns 10, her mother wants her to go to school, and perhaps become a teacher one day. After many objections about leaving her Pa, Ruby succumbs to her mother's request, with the help of her Pa, who suggests that she might teach him to read and write, and her 10 brothers and sisters, as well. But a tragic accident one day changes Ruby's life forever—and she fears she has lost the things in life she loves most. A chance meeting with a lonely, old woman opens Ruby's eyes to new opportunities. This is a darling book, quite appealing, but some characters are mentioned only briefly in the beginning that one forgets who they are when they are mentioned later in the book. At other times, information is presented that begs the question, why it is mentioned. The illustrations are slight, and the story could use more, or no illustrations are needed at all. Too few doesn't appear to add to the text. 2002, HarperTrophy, Ages 8 to 10.
— Carol Rados