Ruby on the Outside

Ruby on the Outside

Book - 2015
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Ruby's mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel that accurately and sensitively addresses a subject too often overlooked--from the author of The Summer Before Boys .

Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes is about to start middle school, and only her aunt knows her deepest, darkest, secret: her mother is in prison.

Then Margalit Tipps moves into Ruby's condo complex, and the two immediately hit it off. Ruby thinks she's found her first true-blue friend--but can she tell Margalit the truth about her mom? Maybe not. Because it turns out that Margalit's family history seems closely connected to the very event that put her mother in prison, and if Ruby comes clean, she could lose everything she cares about most.
Audience: Ages 8-12.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
ISBN: 9781442485044
Branch Call Number: J FIC Baski
Characteristics: 163 pages ; 19 cm


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Mar 27, 2016

This is the first book of Nora Baskin that I have read and I am now a fan. She writes as though she were a pre-teen herself, able to put the reader into the situations, emotions and thinking of a pre-teen if they aren't one themselves. This book is not preachy or "adult" in perspective, but there is much to learn from the lead character's experiences and the people in her life.

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