Ruby in the Sky

Ruby in the Sky

by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374309053
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 138,021
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

JEANNE ZULICK FERRUOLO lives in Ellington, Connecticut, with her husband and children. Ruby in the Sky is her first novel, and it won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award, the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, and the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Award.

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Ruby in the Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
OpinionatedTurnip 4 months ago
What I Liked Ruby is a very relatable kid! She's going through some tough times and you really feel for her. There is so much going on in this story, too. The anti-homeless law coming in, Ahmad's family history, Abigail and her tragedy... It's all handled so beautifully! And as a Florida native who moved to Utah, I totally related to Ruby's initial shock at the cold weather. It's not a joke!! What I Would Have Liked to See Less of the mayor! GRRR!! My Favorite! Ruby's presentation at the end. I can't say why (spoilers!) but it brought a tear to my eye and was such a great moment! I had to read it twice.
DragonNimbus 6 months ago
Ruby in the Sky was an excellent book - once I started it I couldn't put it down. Ruby and her mom have just moved to Vermont, her mother's childhood home. This is supposed to be their "forever home" but Ruby is already planning to move back to Washington D.C. to be closer to her father. Ruby is painfully shy and not looking forward to being the new kid in school, again, so she follows her usual plan of hiding behind her hair and not speaking at all. Everything is made worse by her mother's arrest for "battering" the owner of the diner where she just started waitressing. Apparently the owner was a friend of the mayor so people believed him and not Ruby's mom. A great start in a new town. While her mother deals with finding a new job and working with her public defender, Ruby meets Abigail, a homeless woman who lives down the street near the forest. Abigail feeds birds and makes Ruby's energetic dog, Bob, behave on command. Ruby is frightened and warned by her mom to stay away, but soon Abigail and Ruby become friends and Ruby is learning to explore the forest on snowshoes, feed song birds, and uncovering all kinds of secrets. As her mom's trial draws near, Ruby finds herself signed up to participate in the 6th grade Wax Museum. She has to research a historical figure and represent him or her in a school program. This is exactly what she hates to do but a kind teacher and some new friends encourage Ruby a share some valuable advice. This book has many layers. My heart aches for Ruby and the other characters and what we learn about their pasts. The ending was excellent and very inspirational without being preachy or condescending. Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo did a fabulous job of writing believable, likable characters and crafted a tale that will speak to anyone who picks up the book. I recommend that everyone should!
AnnaDee 6 months ago
Rating Ruby in the Sky as Young Adult literature, I just have to give it five stars. It deals with so many things relevant to teen years, both younger and older teens, and does so in such personal ways that it must be given due praise. Although some of the characters are more fully developed than others, each is someone with whom the reader can identify. Each adds context to the story, enriching Ruby's experience and helping her to come to terms with the most overwhelming fact of her life, her father's death. From the day the policemen showed up at their home to tell Ruby and her mom that their father and husband had been killed in the line of duty, they have been moving from one place to another, trying to find a place to fit, a place that will make them whole again. When they return to her mother's childhood home in Vermont, Ruby meets Abigail Jacobs, a woman who worked as a computer code writer for the Apollo Mission that landed Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins on the moon. Because of a tragic accident involving Abigail's husband and daughter, Abigail has become a recluse in the community. The neighborhood has labeled her the Bird Lady, and over the years ugly rumors have developed about why she lives in a shed on her property while her home remains abandoned. The friendship between Ruby and Abigail nourishes the healing which each desperately needs and does so in a positive, believable context. The friend Ahmad, the teacher Mr. Andrews, Aunt Cecy, Annie the public defender, Mr. Saleem the corner grocer, all contribute to the theme of healing, of coming out of an unhealthy place to learn to live again. The story is complete, doesn't leave unanswered or unresolved issues, and is not so long that one begins to check the back to see how many pages are left. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I absolutely, 100% love this book! Ruby is a 6th grader, whose only wish throughout the story is to go back to DC, to a time when they lived with her father and everything was right with the world. Since they left, she and her mother have moved from place to place, and with each new home something always seems to eventually go wrong and they have to move once more. Finally, at the urging of Ruby's Aunt Cecy, they move back to the town of her mother's birth, Fortin, Vermont. Within a week, things go wrong again, and all Ruby wants is to leave things behind once more and go back to DC and the life they led there. What's more, until they can leave the only thing Ruby wants is to remain invisible in school and for everyone to leave her alone, like they always have in all her other schools, but between a teacher who is determined to have her perform with everyone else in the 6th grade wax museum and Ahmad, who is determined to be her friend, things aren't exactly working out in that area either. What's more, there's a bird lady who lives down in the woods near Ruby's house, and everyone says that she's crazy and to stay away! But Ruby starts to wonder if there's more to that story. This story felt entirely real to me, and was by turns heartbreaking and heartwarming as I followed the ups and downs of Ruby's life and watched her struggle with the desire to stay invisible versus the desire to let people know the truth in the face of many injustices in that small town. I highly encourage everyone to read this excellent middle-grade novel, whether you're a middle-grade reader or an adult.