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The Ruby Notebook (Indigo Notebook) Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Indigo Notebook
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–In this sequel to The Indigo Notebook (Delacorte, 2009), Zeeta and her single mother, who have spent each of Z's 16 years in a different country, are teaching English and making friends in Aix-en-Provence. Z always buys a new notebook in each country and fills it with observations, thoughts, dreams, and the answers to questions she asks people. As a way of making friends and getting to know her new country, she interviews people everywhere she goes. France is proving to be most intriguing: Z befriends an elderly couple who offer her a mystery to solve; the love of her life, Wendell, is flying in to spend time with her; she becomes smitten with a young street performer; and she is suddenly being given meaningful gifts by an anonymous admirer. With a hint of mystery, a bit of romance, a touch of travel, and some coming-of-age, this book covers a lot of ground without ever feeling scattered or haphazard. Resau's robust descriptions give readers a good picture of France and its people. Although one can guess where the plot is headed, teens will still want to go along for the ride, so enjoyable is the writing. The pace can be slow at times, even when Z and Wendell are sneaking about in tunnels below the town, trying to solve the mystery. But anyone who enjoys detailed settings and thoughtful narratives will be rewarded with this story.Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
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From Booklist

Sixteen-year-old Zeeta, first met in The Indigo Notebook (2009), has lived in 16 countries; she and her peripatetic artist mother, Layla, move every year. In this volume, they land in beautiful Aix en Provence, France, where Zeeta looks forward to spending the summer with her American boyfriend, Wendell, who has signed up for a study program. Then Zeeta meets gorgeous, enigmatic Jean-Claude, and when Wendell arrives, she splits things off in her confusion. Once again, Resau adds shimmering dimensions of magic realism; here, underground springs fabled to bestow immortality are an undercurrent to both the city and the story. Resau relies on contrivances to knit her numerous plot strands, particularly one involving Zeeta’s search for her never-met father. But readers will enjoy the endearing, unconventional characters, including free-spirited Layla (“If she quotes Rumi again, I’ll scream,” Zeeta says), and they will be easily caught by the lyrical prose, the “soft, honeyed air” of the seductive setting, and Zeeta’s passionate questions about life and romance: “What sets your soul on fire?” “Can love last a lifetime?” Grades 7-11. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

With a background in cultural anthropology and ESL-teaching, Laura Resau has lived and traveled in Latin America and Europe - experiences that inspired her books for young people. Her latest novel, The Jade Notebook, was praised by School Library Journal for "the lush descriptions, intermittent action sequences, and sprinkling of fantasy [that] all come together to form an engaging reading experience."

Her previous novels - The Queen of Water, Star in the Forest, The Ruby Notebook, The Indigo Notebook, Red Glass, and What the Moon Saw - have garnered many starred reviews and awards, including the IRA YA Fiction Award, the Américas Award, and spots on Oprah's Kids' Book List. Acclaimed for its sensitive treatment of immigration issues, Resau's writing has been called "vibrant, large-hearted" (Publishers' Weekly) and "powerful, magical" (Booklist).

Resau lives with her husband and young son in Colorado. She donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.

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In this sequel to the Indigo Notebook, Laura Resau creates a novel that is part mystery, part love story, and part travel adventure.
Victoria Hanley
These books about a girl who follows her mom, an ESOL teacher, around the world, are well written and would be enjoyed by middle- and high school aged girls.
TeaRose
Instead, these books are travel, complete with funny, insightful characters, riveting adventures, a dash of mystery, and stunningly beautiful writing.
Todd Mitchell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Mitchell on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The thing I like best about Laura's Resau's books is how they transport you completely to another world, while making you aware of the wonder in this world. For me, reading these books is like reading fantasy, with the added bonus that it's true. To say her books make me want to travel is an understatement. Instead, these books are travel, complete with funny, insightful characters, riveting adventures, a dash of mystery, and stunningly beautiful writing. And to all the guys out there --don't be fooled by the book covers. This series will appeal to you, too. I highly recommend this series, and can't wait to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Pritchett on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Indigo Notebook took my breath away with its wisdom and compassion, and this book is just as great. Both books are so warm, genuine, and real. Great plots and great writing. I give it my highest recommendation . . . for both teens and adults
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hanley on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In this sequel to the Indigo Notebook, Laura Resau creates a novel that is part mystery, part love story, and part travel adventure. Zeeta and Wendell meet again, this time in France. As always, Resau creates a strong feeling of place, using intricate details to bring readers into a new setting. Zeeta faces heartache as she searches for the father she never knew, getting caught in her own fears along the way, and learning that the past is always present, whether it's known or not. The friendships she forms, from the young members of a street troupe to an elderly shopkeeper and his ancient ladylove, end up interweaving with her life and her struggles with her feelings for Wendell. I won't say more about the plot, for fear of giving away too much. I'll just say I loved this story and can't wait for the Jade Notebook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Pickard Fawcett on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book, like all of Laura Resau's work, is full of wonderful imagery and detail that shows a love for interesting characters and place. The reader is plopped down in the middle of a sunlit square in Aix-en-Provence, France to listen to the musicians, watch the jugglers, taste the pastries and espresso. In this second book of the series Zeeta continues to live an exotic life, following her gypsy mom to a new country every year. An anonymous admirer leaves her gifts, a dangerous adventure awaits her, and she is stunned by some of the discoveries she makes. The story is all about love in its many forms, surrounded in mystery and mysticism. But Zeeta's life is also filled with the same joy, sadness, and everyday concerns that all young people feel as they make new friends and hold onto old ones, embark on personal quests, and search for identity. Ruby is a luscious story that ends with just the right description of the "bluest, greenest water" and "thousands of silvery fish" to have the reader also looking to the future...and the next notebook.
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Format: Paperback
I scarfed down The Indigo Notebook and The Ruby Notebook and felt as though I was transported from Otavalo, Ecuador to Aix-en-Provence, France seamlessly! These gals (Layla and Zeeta) are brilliant! You mean to tell me they're not real or based on real women?! Zeeta's drive and intelligent curiosity sets a great example for anyone, and this character is an excellent role model for teens! The primary and secondary characters in this series are so well developed that I became instantly attached. The intricate plot is believable and has no "holes"... which I am always looking for in films and books. This is quality writing combined with an innovative story line. I love the Ruby Notebook and Laura Resau's portrayal of the fountains, sunlight, and mysteries of Aix!
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