The Beat on Ruby's Street

The Beat on Ruby's Street

by Jenna Zark

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ISBN-13: 9781988256184
Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: Beat Street Series Book , #1
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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The Beat on Ruby's Street 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
It's a story that takes us back to the 1950's when the Beatniks were attempting to plot their own course through life away from "the man". The history is great, the setting spot on, but the characters are what really drive this story to a spectacular finish. Ruby is an absolute gem. She's tougher than she seems, can think on her feet, and her heart beats truer than true. She may not always understand the big picture at first glance, but she gets there in her own time with style to spare. Ruby wants so badly to be one of the voices of her generation without even really knowing how it's done, but she doesn't let that stop her and in the end, she achieves more than she dared hope. True, it's not a happily-ever-after the way she pictured, but it is true to the times, the tale, and herself as well as her family, which gives it all the greater impact. In the end, the author does a great job of breathing life into her characters and it allowed Ruby's voice to come through loud and clear. Though hipster now, it was Beat back then, and while the style may not always appeal, the message transcends any generational gaps. ***ebook was received for review
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
THE BEAT ON RUBY'S STREET STORY-LINE: In The Beat On Ruby's Street we find Ruby, a child of the 50's and the beatnik era. Ruby lives free and somewhat wild while mom and dad beatniks do their thing. Ruby's growing up and finding who she is. However, accused of stealing, Ruby's life implodes. Never fear, Ruby's strong, determined, and coming of age. Ruby has dreams of poetry, meeting the famous Jack Kerousac, and becoming a poetic. Challenges will be met, confronted, and conquered. Come along with Ruby as she grows up on beat street. My children's novel review of The Beat On Ruby's Street follows. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: Author Jenna Zark explores the counter-culture of the beatniks, their philosophy, and lifestyle. Known as the beat generation, the 1950's were a time of change and restlessness. Exploring Ruby's growth from child to young adult, Zark gives the reader a real feel for this time period. Giving Ruby a strong personality, Zark demonstrates the determination of the era. With excellent plotting, skillful character development, and pacing which will hold the reader's attention, Zark crafted a one of kind story. Finally, in concluding my children's novel review of The Beat On Ruby's Street, I found a well-developed story-line, with engaging characters, and skillful plotting. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend with proper age children as Zark explores a generator seen only in movies THE BEAT ON RUBY'S STREET RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 Recommended for grade levels 5-12 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest children's novel/book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my children's novel/book review.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
Ruby Tabeata is an eleven year old who lives in Greenwich Village during 1958. This is during the time when people wrote about their unhappiness towards society. Despair was expressed through works of writing and music. Ruby was on her way to a reading by her favorite poet, when she was accused of stealing and was taken off to the police department. Since she is a minor, things get out of hand when a social worker is assigned to her and her case because she does not have two parents living with her. This eventually ends in a disaster and Ruby must figure out how to get herself out of a horrible situation. The author writes a lot of back story to each character, so you really get to know everyone on a personal level. I was especially interested in learning more about the children in Greenwich Village during the late nineteen fifty's. I was a little confused when the social worker comes into the picture. I couldn't tell if she is a negative character or someone who's intentions are only to help a young girl. Overall I found this to be a beautiful story with amazing history, background and emotion. At moments, tears came to my eyes, and other moments I was biting my nails in anticipation of what was to come next. There were some slow moments while reading this book, but it quickly became interesting and exciting. I give this book a 5/5.
LFrankel999 More than 1 year ago
When I first read the summary of The Beat On Ruby’s Street, I thought that it had an unusual focus for a YA novel. Yet in the course of reading this book I realized that the problems that Ruby and her family dealt with are remarkably similar to those that face current families. A book set sixty years ago may seem distant to many readers, but I was struck by how contemporary the issues were. I thought that Ruby herself was humanly flawed, yet still a strong and appealing character for the majority of the novel. Toward the end of the book I found her somewhat stereotypical. It was at that point that I came to understand and empathize with Ruby’s mother. The characterization was mostly very good. I was glad to see that the social worker was not depicted as a villain. She was trying to do the best she could for Ruby based on her perception of the situation. There was one failing with regard to minority characters. Although I loved the pivotal role played by the Latina character, Manuela, I was disappointed that an Asian character rated just a bare mention. It isn’t only a matter of keeping score of how minorities are portrayed. I truly think that Ruby’s brother would have had more depth if the author had chosen to show us his relationship with his Chinese American girlfriend. I felt that this was a wasted opportunity. Still my verdict on the novel as a whole is a positive one. The Beat On Ruby’s Street provides a fresh perspective on a much maligned decade. The poets, artists and musicians of the Beat Movement represented in this novel were the counter-culture of the 1950’s. People like Ruby and her family fought the dominant message of conformity. It’s important that they be remembered. I really appreciated the inclusion of a bibliography containing some works of the Beat poets, and histories of the movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zark is a two hundred and eighteen page, first person, fiction story. Ruby Tabeata is eleven years old and lives in Greenwich Village, during the 1958 beatnik era, when people felt beaten down by society, with no good prospects ahead. On the way to hear her favorite poet read, Ruby was accused of stealing and taken to the police department. From there things only get worse as a social worker is assigned to her case and ultimately removes Ruby from her home. In the age of rule-breakers and rebels, Ruby must learn how to put her life back together. I enjoyed this time period for a story and it was described well, however the author included so much back story that there was not much dialogue and it did not feel like the story moved forward until I was over a quarter of the way through the book. I really enjoyed the story after Ruby went to the Children’s Home. I got to know her character more and understood her decisions, even as misguided as they were, and began to root for her. I also liked the friendships she made with the other girls, the camaraderie between them was heartwarming.