Ruby on the Outside

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When you are eleven years old and ready to start middle school, everything, absolutely everything is a big deal. But if that is your life and your mother is in prison and you don’t have a best friend, it is much worse.

This is the life Ruby Danes has — her mother in prison and Ruby has a chance at a new friend, Margalit, who could become that best friend. But when Margalit tells Ruby her brother is dead, his name triggers something in Ruby. She does some research and finds something that makes it seem everything will fall apart.

Nora Raleigh Baskin has written a really important book that speaks for a segment of our society that is badly under represented, but please don’t let that scare you away. This book is well-written with a compelling plot, great characters, and a message that will resonate with young people and more. While this book is marketed to upper middle-graders, it deserves a much broader audience.

This story speaks to problems many young people face and may help readers be more understanding and compassionate. This is a touching, moving story that readers will really enjoy.

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Author Nora Raleigh Baskin
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2015-Jun-16
ISBN 9781442485037
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Issue August 2015
Category Tweens


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