Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

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When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language.

As if that weren't enough, this summer proves to be even more perilous as Ruby faces the...

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Overview

When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language.

As if that weren't enough, this summer proves to be even more perilous as Ruby faces the dangers of swimming lessons, the joys of summer school, the difficulty of staying with a twelve-step program, the miracle needed to keep a beautiful stray dog that wanders into her life, and much more. Is it all too much for anyone — even the Empress of Everything — to handle?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Kids who have taken a shine to the likable lass will look forward to her return," wrote PW of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, and now she's back-in Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. At the close of the first book, the heroine's cousin, Flying Duck, arrives from China and settles in; here Ruby Lu weighs the pros and cons of her new houseguest. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Ruby Lu takes her role as Smile Buddy to her deaf cousin, Flying Duck, so seriously that her work suffers, dooming the second grader to a vacation marred by summer school and a repeat of last year's swimming lessons. She is also dealing with the ups and downs of her relationship with her sometimes-best-friend, Emma. In the first two chapters, Ruby Lu's feelings about her cousin's arrival from China fluctuate from loving to disliking to accepting. Simple sentence structure, clear but varied word choice, and attention-grabbing transitions create a smooth chapter book that is suitable for early and reluctant readers. Black-and-white cartoon drawings add emotion, characterization, and humor, showing, for example, the exaggerated water-safety gear that the feuding Ruby Lu and Emma wear in the waist-deep pool before learning to swim. Pleased with accomplishing all 7 goals on her 12-step summer plan, Ruby Lu realizes too late that she has forgotten her summer reading, leaving readers anticipating another book fresh with third-grade misadventures. With exuberant impulsivity yet earnest introspection, Ruby Lu invites readers into a contemporary world that honors differences while ultimately celebrating universal moments of childhood-friendship, school, and self-realization.-Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The best thing about Flying Duck and her family emigrating from China to live with Ruby Lu's family is that everything is new and exciting, but her mother warns her that even the most exciting things can grow old. Suddenly everything is different. The house is filled with strange new foods, the sounds of a new language and too many people. As Empress of Everything, Ruby Lu already has a full plate. How will she ever manage to squeeze all the new responsibilities that come with a suddenly much larger family into her schedule already packed with swimming lessons, the Plum Club and summer school? Reminiscent of Beverly Cleary's infamous Ramona Quimby, Ruby Lu is at once endearing and exasperating. The only flaw is the occasional tendency to pontificate. Peppered with delightful illustrations of the myriad adventures and mishaps, this follow-up to Ruby Lu, Brave and True (2004) does not disappoint. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689864605
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore Look

Lenore Look is the author of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, an ALA Notable Book; Love As Strong As Ginger, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson; and Henry's First-Moon Birthday, illustrated by Yumi Heo. She lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

Anne Wilsdorf is the illustrator of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, as well as Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything


By Lenore Look

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

Copyright © 2006 Lenore Look
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-689-86460-4


Chapter One

The Best Thing About Immigration

The best thing about having a cousin come from another country to live with you is everything.

Ruby liked the parties. When Flying Duck and her parents emigrated from China to Ruby's house, there was one celebration after another. Every day felt like a birthday.

Ruby liked the noise and excitement. Before she got up in the morning, she could hear grown-ups talking in the kitchen. The telephone rang all the time. The doorbell worked overtime. Everyone wanted to meet the newcomers.

Ruby liked being a tour guide. FlyingDuck and her parents had come from a small rural village. Everything in their new American city was strange and fascinating, especially the places on Ruby's tours. They loved to pose with many ordinary things that they thought were extraordinary. Like ferries. And seagulls. GungGung's car. A parking meter. A meter maid. A meter maid scribbling in her notebook. The convictorange parking ticket on GungGung's windshield! Ruby snapped a hundred pictures.

Ruby liked her uncle. He was an expert bike rider, just like Ruby. Once he carried a giant refrigerator on his bicycle. And he had the photo to prove it. Ruby liked her aunt. She was a mah-jongg master before she became animmigrant.

Ruby loved mah-jongg. It was like playing cards, only noisier. And it was very addictive.

"The best way to get to know someone is to live with them and play mah-jongg with them," she told Ruby in Cantonese. Every evening she'd put on a little Chinese music. And serve up a bowl of pumpkin seeds. Then they'd play mah-jongg.

Ruby liked the buddy system. Ruby was Flying Duck's Smile Buddy at school. Smile Buddies were responsible for helping a new student feel welcome. Smile Buddies were friendly and loyal and helpful. They were courteous, kind, and cheerful. They knew the times of lunch and recess and the locations of the bathrooms. They introduced you around. They made everything less scary. Ruby had waited her whole life to be a Smile Buddy.

SMILE BUDDY, said the big, bright yellow grin pin on Ruby's sweater. Ruby wore every day. She was now as important as a crossing guard. And she adjusted it often, just to make sure it was still there.

Show-and-tell improved quite a bit. For nine days straight, Ruby showed UtterPrincess, a hyperaction heroine from China that was a gift from Flying Duck. Ruby carried UtterPrincess with her wherever she went, and in her original box to keep her pristine forever.

"UtterPrincess!" Ruby would say, holding up her box so that everyone could see the doll through the plastic window. Ruby turned it this way and that, as if she were holding up a gem and showing off every facet.

"She swims and speed-reads and speaks five languages," Ruby liked to say. But most important of all, UtterPrincess looked like Ruby and Ruby looked like UtterPrincess.

Soccer improved quite a bit too. It was kiddie soccer, so there was no uniform. You could wear whatever you wanted. Usually everyone tried to look like a soccer player in shorts and a T-shirt. But not Flying Duck. She put on her pink socks, pink sneakers, pink shorts, pink shirt, pink belt, pink pinky ring, and a pink headband with very large pink flowers that jiggled when she ran. Boop, boop, boop. It was Flying Duck's favorite outfit, and she always felt better when she wore it.

Why didn't Ruby think of that? Inspired, Ruby pulled on her green frog-leg tights, green glow-in-the-dark-see-you-a-hundred miles-away sweater with asparagus-stalk arms and matching asparagus tips on the head that also jiggled when she ran, but not too much. Woomp, woomp, woomp. Wow. Ruby once hated soccer. But now she loved it, loved it, loved it.

But the absolute best thing about immigration was Flying Duck herself.

Flying Duck was a source of endless fascination for Ruby and her friends on 20th Avenue South. In many ways she was more of a curiosity than even the110-year-old mummified man at the World Famous Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, the best souvenir store in the whole world right there on the waterfront, a mere fifteen-minute drive from Ruby's house. The mummy, next to the cabinet full of shrunken heads, had a bullet hole in his stomach still shiny with blood, but Flying Duck was an entire foreign country unto herself.

She ate one-thousand-year-old eggs for breakfast.

And one-hundred-year-old eggs for lunch.

She could read backward from right to left.

And hold her breath for forty-two seconds.

And play mah-jongg past bedtime without falling asleep.

But that was not all.

She could ward off evil spirits up to one hundred feet with her special jade pendant.

Even better than that, Flying Duck could do something nobody else on 20th Avenue South could do.

She could lip-read.

Lip-reading is a very useful skill. It comes in handy when you want to watch TV, but the TV is supposed to be turned off. And it comes in handy if you are outside looking in and your parents are inside talking about you.

Flying Duck could speak and lip-read Cantonese. And because she had gone to English school in China, she also knew a little English.

Flying Duck was lip-reading even before she went to the Taishan School for the Deaf, where she had learned another amazing thing: Chinese Sign Language.

Flying Duck had been deaf for nearly half her life. When she was four years old, she fell off the roof of her house where she had gone to "inspect" the tasty peanuts that her mother was drying in the sun.

"I burst my skull," Flying Duck said in Cantonese. Then she signed it, tapping her head and making a burst of fireworks with outspread fingers behind her ears. Ruby's neighborhood friends, Tiger, Christina, and Emma, did not understand Flying Duck. But Wally did. Wally was from Hong Kong, and he was fluent in Cantonese.

"She burst her eardrums," Wally translated.

But the best part of the story ... and Ruby knew exactly how to tell it ... was ..."The whole village thought she was dead."

Everyone gasped. It was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to anybody on 20th Avenue South.

Ruby and her friends were quick to learn their first Chinese Sign Language: wiggle the thumb at the knuckle, it means "thank you." It was easy now for even Oscar and Sam, the babies on the block, to remember their manners. They wiggled their thumbs at everything.

Flying Duck was very pleased.

And Ruby was very proud. Flying Duck was just perfect. Having a cousin from China who was deaf was as good as having a cousin who had a third eye in the middle of her forehead.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look Copyright © 2006 by Lenore Look. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Ruby Lu: Empress of Everything: a well written book kids are sure to enjoy

    This amusing and often comical story, takes you through a year in the life of spunky second-grader, Ruby Lu. In Ruby Lu:Empress of Everything, by Lenore Look, readers experience the challenges, conundrums, thoughts, and emotions of Ruby Lu as she finishes the second grade, adjusts to the presence of her Chinese immigrant relations in her home, including a deaf cousin of her own age, deals with school and friendship issues, and overcomes a fear. This is an excellent read that first-third graders will find delight in (as well as teachers, parents, and college education majors). Its easy flowing style, utilizing relatively simple but smart vocabulary, accommodates first-third graders reading levels, while a glossary full of more complex words included in the book, encourages growth. The book¿s lighthearted style, series of events, and comical anecdotes will keep children interested. The book entertains and informs. Children will learn about immigration, the deaf, friendships, and fears. The main character, Ruby Lu, is one that children will be able to identify with. They will also be able to relate to some of her experiences. Readers will fall in love with clever illustrations done by Anne Wilsdorf that, full of character and action, help to bring the story to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Ruby Lu: An excellent story for young readers

    Grade 1-4. Ruby Lu is estatic when she is assigned to be a 'smile buddy' for her deaf Chinese cousin who emigrates to live with her family. She loves all of the exciting details of her new life living with her cousin, Flying Duck. Ruby Lu takes her 'smile buddy' responsiblities so seriously that she neglects to take her own work seriously, and ends up facing summer school with her cousin in order to catch up and get some extra help. Motivated Ruby creates a 12-step summer goal plan, and gets great satisfaction out of succeeding each of her goals. Ruby Lu is a humorous, charming and lovable character that young children will be able to relate to. It teaches the importance of diversity along with friendship and important life lessons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Humorous and informative

    My nine year old daughter and I loved this book. Ruby Lu has humorous and exciting daily adventures. Her adventures take place at home, on the school playground, at soccer practice, and during swimming lessons. Ruby Lu is also adjusting to living with her cousin, Flying Duck and her parents, who emigrate to the U.S. from China. Flying Duck is also deaf. Ruby Lu has new experiences learning about their cultural differences. At first, she is excited learning Chinese sign language and playing new games such as mah-jongg. Then, she decides she doesn't like immigration anymore when everything at home is different. They don't speak English anymore and their forks are replaced with chopsticks. Ruby Lu and Flying Duck face many challenges together as they learn to adapt to their differences. A great book for elementary children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Student Review of Ruby Lu

    The things that I liked most about Ruby Lu was that it was a fast moving book. Things or events did not drag on. Also, how she had helped students become aquainted with her school and other kids. Ruby Lu was more than happy to be their friend and loved every minute of it, for the most part. It would be very interesting to a younger group of kids, about the age of first to third grade, in the fact that it talks about herself, Ruby Lu, and how proud she is to help other foriegn exchange students around her school and to be a 'Smile Buddy' for them. It helps very much on Language and culture in the sense that all the foreign exchange students are all from a different place. So she learns a lot from these other kids and she is very proud of that. There are some things that she is not happy with though and as you read the book you will find out what those things are. So start reading and enjoy it as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Loved Ruby Lu!

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything was a great read.The character Ruby has to struggle through problems with friends and the confusion of other students not understanding her culture. Even though these are great ideas to present to children, the reason most kids will want to read this book is because Ruby is so funny. Ruby Lu possesses such great humor because of Lenore Look's ability to offer an insight into a second-graders thought process. I think this book will appeal to grades K-3 (even though they will need help understanding some of the words.) For all of those adults out there looking for a book to read to kids that will also entertain them, read Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything and laugh out loud! P.S. Don't forget to read the glossary. It is the best part!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything Review

    Recommended for ages 5-7. Lenore Look does a very good job with the book Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything. There is a wide range of topics in the story that can be used for teaching smaller lessons in an elementary classroom. Many of Ruby Lu's experiences are similar to ones that students in lower elementary might go through. The character of Flying Duck is also very entertaining and there are many lessons to be understood from her. One problem that I found with this book is that the main focus is on the girl characters so as a prospective elementary teacher, it may be difficult to gear this towards a co-ed classroom. Overall there is a lot to be gained from this story and many lessons that could be taught from it, so I would definitely recommend it for a kindergarten through second grade classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu,Empress of Everything proves to be a great read for children ages 5-8.It presents real life situations that children at those ages may have to deal with. Some issues include dealing with family members who have just moved in(who speak another language), facing fears, doing well in school, fighting with friends, and getting eye glasses. These topics are addressed in fun and exciting ways and with each new situation, you are anticipating how each will be resolved. Another plus about this book is how it emphasizes cultural differences and how teachers can help students adjust to their new environments. Overall, I think their is a lot of material in this book that students at the elementary level can relate to, as well as enjoy reading about. I give Ruby Lu two thumbs up :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything takes a look at cultural differences and similarities within a family. Both main characters are Asian yet culturally different. The book is funny and interesting. Ruby Lu¿s cousin Flying Duck and her parents, come to live with Ruby¿s family. Ruby was hoping that at last she would have a best friend and so it seems she may. There are many different realistic events that take place in this book. Ruby makes new friendships and test old ones. Ruby is a little girl who is Empress of Everything and would be a great read for any third grader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Book Review

    Grade 1-3-- After Ruby Lu's cousin, Flying Duck, immigrates to the United States from China, Ruby's initial excitement over having a new friend turns to frustration as her world is turned upside down. For example, although Ruby is chosen to be a 'Smile Buddy' at school to help Flying Duck adjust to her new surroundings, Ruby's homework suffers in the process. Although Ruby likes playing mah-jongg with her relatives, she must deal with everyone speaking Cantonese at home. Learning to cope with change is a key theme in this book, a humorous, easy-to-read novel. Not only do the characters face many challenges young readers can relate to, but the fun illustrations add to the story. With a comical yet helpful glossary and a Chinese sign language handbook, the adventure continues even after the story has finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great book!

    Lenore Look's Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a book that I would recommend for 2nd grade students and up. The story begins when Ruby Lu's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China. Flying Duck's whole family moves in and it seems like Ruby Lu is living in a whole new world. The two girls become great friends, but there are several things different about them. Flying Duck is deaf and does not understand English. Ruby Lu cannot speak Chinese and is unable to sign in that language as well. While becoming smile buddies in school Ruby Lu learns so much about Flying Duck. Ruby Lu is able to help the other classmates understand Flying Duck's disability. With Flying Duck moving in, there is way too much going on for the Empress of Everything to handle especially with her extremely busy schedule. She has swimming lessons, summer school, and is trying to follow a 12-step program. How will Ruby Lu ever manage to deal with all of this responsibility?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Nice Book For Beginning/Intermediate Readers

    'Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything' is a nice book that beginning/intermediate readers will enjoy. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, Ruby Lu, who has many exciting adventures after her extended family moves in. Her escapades feature her cousin, her best friend, whom, at times, is not her friend at all, her baby brother, and her new dog. Through the story, Ruby and her friends find many ways to get into trouble and how friendships can help you through trying times. This is a good book for younger children and it would be interesting to hear their perspectives on the events of Ruby Lu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Great book for young children!

    Ruby Lu is a great book for young children, kids around 2nd or 3rd grade in particular. Ruby Lu herself is going into 3rd grade and the book tells a little about her summer and a checklist of things she needs to get done before 3rd grade. I think Ruby Lu encourages kids to be understanding and help others. Ruby Lu is a book that is easy to understand and fairly easy to read. I think that this book should be read by all Elementary kids. This book was cure and I think most everyone can relate to Ruby or her cousin Flying Duck. Ruby was excited that her cousin was coming from China, but finds it very hard to adjust her lifestyle at home. I will most definately keep this book for when my daughter gets older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Good Book

    The content of this book was great for elementary. Ruby Lu can be a role model for many children. She is brave, courteous, and kind. The entire 'smile buddy' I idea is great. This book teaches children compassion for people who are different and in a different environment. Ruby Lu takes us inside a second graders mind. She not only battles the day to day struggles of a typical second grader, but also as a young girl whose family is going through many changes with new members immigrating from China. Great book to read children who are understanding immigration and keeping friendships. Also this book teaches children about differences and diversity. Ruby stands up for her Chinese cousin who also happens to be deaf. She informs the classroom about her diversity and disability. This is a god read for anyone who wants their children to be more informed about how to treat people and deal with difficult times in friendship,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Review of Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu is at it again, this time with her cousin Flying Duck. Flying Duck has just immigrated from China with her family and not only does she have to adjust to life in a new country, but Ruby Lu has to adjust to a new life being her smile buddy. Not to mention the increase in the use of everything Chinese at home. Ruby Lu learns many life lessons and faces up to some fears along the way. This book would be an excellent part of a class curriculum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    SVSU Education Student

    In Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, Ruby¿s cousin Flying Duck and her family have come to live with Ruby¿s family. Flying Duck and Ruby go to school together and Ruby is so proud of Flying Duck because not only is she Chinese but she is deaf. Ruby thinks she is the coolest kid in school and she gets to be her Smile Buddy. A Smile Buddy is someone who looks out for new kids and helps them make friends. Ruby takes this very seriously and her school works starts to suffer. Ruby and Flying Duck end up in summer school together and face all sorts of adventures. The story is a great explanation of the summer adventures in and out of summer school Ruby and Flying Duck have. They suffer through swim lessons and Fly Duck joins the neighborhood kids¿ club. This is a great book to add to any collection because it deals with many issues any child could face. Ruby has to adapt to a new culture when Flying Duck and her family move in. Ruby also learns about Flying Duck¿s Chinese heritage as she teaches the children in her class and neighborhood. Ruby learns many important lessons throughout the story. She fights with the neighbor girl and learns how to apologize and become friends again. Ruby learns that lying isn¿t right. She hides a letter home to her mother because she¿s afraid of being in trouble when it¿s a letter saying she needs glasses something she¿s always wanted. The book is an easy read with a glossary of terms in the back to explain the Chinese words and ideas used. There is also a short index that teaches a few words in Chinese Sign Language with Ruby acting them out. The book is also a fast read and extremely enjoyable. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is the second of the series by Lenore Look. The first novel is called Ruby Lu, Brave and True.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    great for a diverse audience!

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a smartly written book for elementary students. The story follows the triumphs and tragedies of second grader Ruby Lu, who is dealing with friends, school, swimming lessons, and most importantly, the immigration of her cousin, Flying Duck. Flying Duck¿s immigration from China brings added challenges because Flying Duck is also deaf. This additional layer to the story demonstrates a perfect example of acceptance and tolerance of unique individuals. Plus this provides further adventures for Ruby Lu. The author¿s descriptive text and Ruby¿s lively dialect make this book a funny read an enjoyment for both students and teachers. I recommend this book for students between the grades 1 and 5, although I must mention that at times the vocabulary and similes maybe challenging for younger students (i.e. ¿teeth clattered like castanets.¿ p101). Luckily the author includes a dictionary in the back to assist readers. But for the younger audience this book may be better read aloud to them. Overall, Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great little package!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Great Book!!

    After reading this book, I was taken back to elementary school. I loved the way the story was told from Ruby's perspective and how it used the same language a third grader would use. I also like the humor in the book, the simple one line jokes. They were funny and easy for a third grader who may be reading this to understand. I also like the story itself. For example, how every problem seems like the end of the world to a third grader. I remember feeling like that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    You're a cool kid Ruby Lu

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything was an enjoyable and hard to put down book. Lenore Look developed Rudy Lu in such a way that we want to get to know her even more. We get an inside picture of a 7-8 year old girl who loves positive attention, who is struggling with sharing this attention with her newly immigrated cousin, Flying Duck, and her family, is dealing with a best friend who has a strong personality like she does, is required to go to summer school for yet another year, and is faced with one of her greatest challenges so far...forced to attend swim lessons 'again' to learn how to swim. Ruby Lu becomes dear to us as we experience all these and more situations with her. We share in her growth and maturing and can't help but to root for her and to smile and be happy for her successes. It is said that a great author draws their audience into the characters so that they experience what the characters experience. I believe that Lenore Look has done a fine job at this with Ruby Lu. I look forward to reading more about Ruby Lu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    In Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything the author, Lenore Look, tells the story through the eyes of a young girl, Ruby Lu, and her experiences with her deaf Chinese cousin, Flying Duck. Ruby¿s aunt, uncle, and cousin have immigrated to America from China and are now living with Ruby, her parents, and Ruby¿s baby brother. Throughout this piece of realistic fiction, Ruby enjoys the responsibility of being a ¿smile buddy¿ to Flying Duck, experiences arguments and reconciliations with her on-again, off-again, and on-again best friend, faces her fear of swimming by making a heroic rescue, and makes it through summer school. The summer turns out to be quite eventful for this spunky young girl, who learns to ¿blow bubbles¿ under water, learns some Chinese sign language, and even acquires a family pet. This children¿s book compiles the commotion and drama of the young elementary grades with relatable characters and humorous, unifying illustrations. In addition, the universal themes throughout this narrative text reach a child¿s need to belong, need to achieve, and need for security through the trials and tribulations of the relatable and dynamic character of Ruby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything deals with issues of immigration, Chinese Sign Language, bullying, summer school, swimming lessons, and eye glasses. While some of these issues seem like adult matters, Ruby Lu presents them in a child-like innocence. Ruby Lu is a hilarious 2nd grade Chinese-American who has to deal with her cousin Flying Duck who emigrates over from China, her on-again-off again best friend Emma, along with the many dilemmas of a girl in second grade.

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