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Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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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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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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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My daughter fell in love with the main character, Ruby. She was completely ingrossed and didn't put it down until she finished it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for my 3rd grade daughter but it didnt turn out to be a good pick on my part. The book is written from the POV of a 3rd grade girl but the content is far too... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by CrystalJ