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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ruby Lu (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689864604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689864605
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 1-3–Ruby Lu takes her role as Smile Buddy to her deaf cousin, Flying Duck, so seriously that her work suffers, dooming the second grader to a vacation marred by summer school and a repeat of last year's swimming lessons. She is also dealing with the ups and downs of her relationship with her sometimes-best-friend, Emma. In the first two chapters, Ruby Lu's feelings about her cousin's arrival from China fluctuate from loving to disliking to accepting. Simple sentence structure, clear but varied word choice, and attention-grabbing transitions create a smooth chapter book that is suitable for early and reluctant readers. Black-and-white cartoon drawings add emotion, characterization, and humor, showing, for example, the exaggerated water-safety gear that the feuding Ruby Lu and Emma wear in the waist-deep pool before learning to swim. Pleased with accomplishing all 7 goals on her 12-step summer plan, Ruby Lu realizes too late that she has forgotten her summer reading, leaving readers anticipating another book fresh with third-grade misadventures. With exuberant impulsivity yet earnest introspection, Ruby Lu invites readers into a contemporary world that honors differences while ultimately celebrating universal moments of childhood–friendship, school, and self-realization.–Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD
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Gr. 2-4. In this sequel to Ruby Lu, Brave and True (2004), Ruby Lu achieves her life's dream: to be a school "smile buddy." Assigned to help Flying Duck, her deaf cousin from China, acclimate to second grade, Ruby Lu takes her responsibility seriously. Unfortunately, she shirks her own duties as student, and both she and her cousin are assigned summer school for remedial work. During the course of the year, Spunky Ruby Lu also experiences the trauma of a letter home pinned to her shirt, scary swimming lessons, and the acquisition of reading glasses. Although the situations are age appropriate, some of the vocabulary and the similes ("thick as Russian novels") will fly over the heads of the book's intended audience, a few of whom may also find the length of the book a bit daunting. Even so, there's plenty of appealing detail about Ruby Lu's family life, and Look's portrayal of how immigration can strain a household is nicely handled, as are Ruby's humorous yet sincere endeavors to communicate with and help her cousin. Cindy Dobrez
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More About the Author

Lenore Look began making picture books in kindergarten, and it took her the next thirty years to get it right. Her first book was finally published in 1999, followed by more picture books and two chapter book series. On good days, she's a regular writing machine. On bad days, she goes shopping. Her Alvin Ho series has turned her into a Red Sox fan (see photo), and a wearer of Sox paraphernalia (see photo), and a collector of Fenway Park trivia (see same photo). Her Ruby Lu series is set in Seattle, where she grew up, and makes her long for foggy mornings and slugs on the sidewalks. She currently lives in New Jersey.

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It is a very easy read and the child would be able to relate to it easily.
Ed Student
This book is filled with excitement and humor, and I would highly recommend it for students in 1st-3rd grades.
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Her deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her family move in with Ruby Lu's family during the entire book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pick up a copy of "Ruby Lu: Empress of Everything" and turn it over to the back cover. There you will find a blurb by author Megan McDonald that says, "I love Ruby Lu. She's just like an Asian-American Judy Moody!". That's McDonald comparing Lenore Look's character to her own personal creation, and as such I'm sure she's saying this as a very big compliment. As a reader, I feel a little torn by the quote. On the one hand, that line is going to go over very well with parents and grandparents that want to get books for their kids that are at all similar to the ubiquitous Judy Moody. On the other hand, Ruby Lu is so much better a series of books in terms of humor, pathos, and deft writing that I don't like anyone, even an author, equating her with anything less than Ramona. But if it gets `em reading "Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything", I'll shut my trap and applaud with the rest. This second installment of the Ruby Lu series is filled with (as mentioned in the author's acknowledgements), "new, and preferably more harrowing, adventures". The lack of children driving cars (shudder) is just a nice plus.

When last we saw Ruby Lu she had just met her new best friend and cousin, Flying Duck, at the airport. Flying Duck and her parents are staying with Ruby's family and the girl just couldn't be happier. Sure, her cousin is still learning the language and she's deaf, but she's also absolutely the coolest kid in school, bar none. This year, however, may turn out to be a difficult one of our heroine. Between getting into fights with former best friend Emma, hiding some very important letters from her teacher, getting into trouble at school, and a myriad of other adventures, Ruby Lu's got a lot on her plate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Townsend on September 12, 2008
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I thought that Ruby Lu Empress of everything was a very good book. I think that the age range on the book should be for reader's age 6-10yrs. For children that read this book I think it will show them and teach them about having friends from another country. It will teach them things that they can do to help other students out that are not from the United States. In the book Ruby Lu is the smile buddy for her cousin that just moved over here, her cousin is deaf so Ruby Lu has to learn to sign things to her which it not so easy to learn. Ruby Lu is so caught up in being a smile buddy and making sure that her cousin Flying Duck does good, Ruby Lu forgets to do her own work which sends her to summer school. I think this book shows kids that it is always good to help out and go out of your way to for other students, but they have to remember to do their own work. I also think that this book shows that if you practice and try hard enough nothing is impossible and you can do whatever you set you mind out to do, thats why Ruby Lu is the empress of everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen K. Lamb on December 11, 2007
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My five year old daughter who is Chinese/American really enjoyed this book. It was a great for her to find a book about girls that she can relate to. We are looking forward to more books about Ruby Lu.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Writer Mom on October 17, 2007
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My eight-year-old daughter and I both love Ruby Lu - she is the funniest character to hit children's literature since Ramona Quimby. Since my daughter is Asian-American, she loves having literary characters that resemble her, so to speak, in their lives. But Ruby Lu is for everyone - so I recommend these books across the board for the 7-9 year old set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Marie on September 13, 2008
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What I liked best about Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything was how her thoughts and actions were as real as a 2nd grader could be. I could imagine Ruby Lu as a real girl walking around and getting into trouble. I liked how Ruby Lu was very adventurous. Her swimming experiences and her experiments on the playground slide really made me laugh. Her relationship between her and her family that emigrated from China was a good example of how difficult change can be even if it does involve your own family and customs, but Ruby's love for her family helped her get through all of the change. I wanted to keep reading to see what Ruby Lu was going to do next. Ruby Lu remained me of my own daughter who just finished third grade, so I could relate to Ruby Lu's relationship with her best friend and all of the ups and downs that happen throughout a relationship between two 2nd grade girls. To me Ruby Lu was a smart loving little girl who wanted to grow up, but yet still had lots of fun just being a kid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bride-to-Be on September 10, 2008
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Ruby Lu is a typical second grade child. She has a least favorite subject, math, a best friend, and a crush on the life guard at her swim class. This school year is different for Ruby Lu and her family. Ruby's cousin Flying Duck and her family emigrated from China to live with Ruby and her family. At first Ruby thinks that getting the opportunity to be a Smile Buddy is the greatest thing ever, especially since she has always wanted to be a Smile Buddy. As time goes on having foreigners in your home is not as easy as Ruby had expected. She does an awesome job informing the other students that Flying Duck is deaf and that being deaf is not a disability. At the end of the school year Ruby Lu and Flying Duck have to attend summer school along with swimming lessons. Unexpected challenges arise in both of these areas for Ruby. I think that this book has a lot of opportunities for teachers to pick out activities that can be used across the curriculum. One part that I particularly enjoyed was the glossary at the end of the book and the way that Ruby signs if you flip through and look at the page numbers. There are certain parts of the book that I also believe are geared more toward the adult audience.
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