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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ruby And The Booker Boys (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545017602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545017602
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruby Booker wakens to the strains of her favorite song and loudly sings along to celebrate her first day as a student at Hope Road Academy. Her three older brothers have already established themselves at the school through leadership, academics, personality, and pranks, but Rudy wants to find her own way to shine, in her third-grade classroom and beyond. After going out on a limb to be noticed, though, she realizes that she may have landed in trouble. There’s plenty to like in this, the first volume in the Ruby and the Booker Boys series, from the warm portrayal of the African American Booker family at home and at school to the buoyant character of Ruby herself. With large print, wide-spaced lines, and effective black-and-white drawings at intervals, the book will appeal to readers moving into chapter books. The second volume in this paperback series, Trivia Queen: 3rd Grade Supreme is also available. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Derrick Barnes is the author of several acclaimed books, including the Ruby and the Booker Boys series: BRAND-NEW SCHOOL, BRAVE NEW RUBY; TRIVIA QUEEN, THIRD GRADE SUPREME; THE SLUMBER PARTY PAYBACK; and RUBY FLIPS FOR ATTENTION, published by Scholastic. Barnes’s YA novel THE MAKING OF DR. TRUELOVE was an ALA Quick Picks selection, and has been hailed by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 Best Books for the Teen Age. Derrick and his wife, Tinka, reside in Kansas City, MO, with their three sons.





Illustrator Vanessa Newton trained at the Fashion School of Technology and the School of Visual Arts. She and her husband live in Newark, New Jersey.




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Anyone looking for a great book series for young readers.
Melinda Emerson
I would love to recommend these books to any younger siblings or cousins, because of Ruby's great adventures at home and at school.
Megan M. Ernst
Derrick Barnes has a winner in this first book of the Ruby and the Booker Boys series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juanita Flannagan on October 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I happened upon Ruby M. Booker in the weekly Scholastics order catalog and thought it amazing to find a book about a little African American girl. Little did I know, I had stumbled upon a Masterpiece! My 8 year old daughter fell in love right away and so did I. We laughed and danced the entire time. The best part, hearing my baby say "She's just like me!" As an avid reader, I found it difficult to find books with characters with whom my daughter could identify. Ruby in all her 'fabulousness' put all that to rest. She's funny, spunky and full of life. This is a must read for all little girls. Many thanks to Mr. Barnes.....you really came through with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ruby Marigold Booker is about to start a new school and not just any new school, she will be attending Hope Road Academy and entering the third grade. Her three older brothers already attend school there as well. Marcellus is in the 7th grade, and Roosevelt and Tyner are in the 6th grade. All three already have reputations that are well-known throughout the school and the community. Ruby finds out just how much of a reputation the first day she steps on school grounds. She is intimidated at first, but with the encouragement of her best friend, Ruby comes up with a plan to make her own Booker tradition and move from under her older brothers' shadows. When she is done, everybody will know who Ruby Booker is.

RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes is a delightfully, enchanting read about a little girl establishing her own identity in a new school. The pace is very good and the story flows well. The colorful characters are well-developed and exhibit slices of humor throughout. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton were wonderful visuals that added to this creative delivery. Youths will be pleased with this tale about the first day of school jitters. It is told in such a way, that I'm sure many will be able to identify with Ruby and learn something from her; especially, if they feel they are living in the limelight of older siblings. Derrick Barnes has a winner in this first book of the Ruby and the Booker Boys series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Emerson on December 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Anyone looking for a great book series for young readers. Ruby and the Book Boys is it! I found this 4-book series about a little African-American girl who's going to third grade with three big brothers who are already big time at her school. My five year old son loves these books because they really talk about the sibling interaction and family dynamic. Derrick Barnes the author did a really great job the illustrations are very powerful as well. Invest in these books for your new readers, I enjoyed reading these books as much as my son.

Melinda Emerson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim S. Jones on February 16, 2013
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I am such an advocate for reading. I purchased this book for my young daughter who can't totally read it all, but when we read together it's great. The store is great and reminds me so much of who she is. The book arrived in great condition and the price was absolutely reasonable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
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Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby And The Booker Boys) by Derrick Barnes I found this little goody on Sunday while helping a customer. I am always exicted to find a new early chapter series, and its featuring a black girl. What! Thats double sweetness. Ruby Booker is going to the third grade and a new school. I like Ruby from the start, first day jitters won't stop Ruby from being herself. Ruby's first day of school outfit is a purple and orange ensemble including mismatched sneakers. Ruby's schoolbag is in the shaped of a guitar. Its easy enough to go with the trend but Ruby's fearless, and does her own thing.

As I looked in the mirror for the last time, I whispered to myself,, "Ruby Marigold Booker, you are fabulous! And that's the truth.

Ruby has three older brothers Roosevelt, Tyner and Marcellus aka the Booker boys. The Booker boys are very popular at Hope Road Academy, Ruby's new school. Ruby's worried she won't make a name for herself at Hope Road Academy. She doesn't want to be seen as the Booker Boys little sister but rather Ruby the singer. Throughout the day Ruby is determined to shine, but each time its about to happen the PA system comes, and its always about one of Ruby's brothers. I enjoyed the PA interruptions, it was fun trying to guess what the announcement would be. In the end Ruby finds a way to stand out.
This is a great book for younger siblings. They will relate to Ruby's desire to make a name for herself and get out of older brother's shadows. Plus its not a hand me down book, thats double sweetness. Ruby is going to be a fun girl to follow. I love that Barnes doesn't neglect Ruby's family. His writing is fun and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GrannyX7 on February 15, 2010
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I, too, purchased this book from the Scholastic Club because my granddaughter (age 6) asked for it. She wanted it because the little girl on the cover looked like her. She read it to me, a few chapters each night. It was an easy, fun read. We both enjoyed the story of a little girl who has to start a new school where her three older brothers already have a lock on the popularity poll. It was a sweet, funny story with the perfect 'feel good' ending kids want. Having become aware of series, she asked me if there were any more. Needless to say, we got online and ordered several more!!
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