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Love, Ruby Lavender Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Gr 4-7-A lively, humorous story featuring Miss Eula Garnet and her granddaughter Ruby as they share adventures and day-to-day miseries. The feisty duo shakes up their Mississippi town, Halleluia, "Population: 400 Good Friendly Folks And A Few Old Soreheads," when they liberate three soon-to-be-euthanized chickens from an egg ranch in a daring, daylight raid. They share an abiding sadness over the death of Grandpa Garnet, whose passing seems to be clouded by some terrible secret. When Miss Eula announces an unexpected trip to Hawaii to visit her son and to put some distance between herself and sorrow, the girl is shattered. Ruby fills her days by writing daily letters to her grandmother, monitoring the chickens, befriending the niece of the new fourth-grade teacher, and trying to avoid her nemesis whose father died in the same accident as Grandpa Garnet. Tensions between Ruby and Melba escalate as rehearsals for the annual Town Operetta commence. Resulting fireworks clear the air, reveal secrets, and resolve hard feelings just in time for Miss Eula's return. The engaging narrative, interspersed with amusing letters exchanged between Eula and Ruby and articles from the local newspaper, is witty and fast paced and the quirky, diverse cast of human and poultry characters is colorful and spirited, if not totally realistic. This refreshing novel recognizes how daily events often take on huge proportions in the minds of children and that with love, support, and kindness, youngsters can find their way.-Alice Casey Smith, Sayreville Public Schools, Parlin, NJ
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Gr. 4-6. Ruby Lavender is a nine-year-old charmer, in love with life and her adoring grandmother. She and Miss Eula keep in touch daily by leaving letters for each other in the knothole of a silver maple in Halleluia, Mississippi--that is, until Miss Eula goes to Hawaii to visit her son and his wife and her new granddaughter, Leilani. Ruby is crushed, forced to spend a hot summer on her own, and jealous, too, of a new little girl she fears will steal her grandmother's heart. But the summer is a maturing one as Ruby nurtures hatching chickens, makes a new friend, Dove, and finally comes to terms with her grandfather's death. Wiles has painted a picture of a time long past when communities were small and close-knit, people wrote letters, and chickens escaped only to create havoc at play practice. Yet she has also created a timeless story of life and death, the bond between grandparent and grandchild, and the reality that, regardless, "life does go on." Frances Bradburn
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I read this to my 3rd and 4th grade class. In the story, two young girls, Melba and Ruby, are dealing with death. Melba has lost her father and Ruby has lost her grandfather. Melba can talk about the accident that led to her father's death, though with anger. She can even ride by the site where it happened. Ruby doesn't like to talk about the accident and takes the long way into town so she doesn't have to go by the site of the accident. I spoke to my students about grief and that, for Ruby, not seeing the accident site was a form of denial or at least a way to postpone the pain. We talked about how the children were doing what was best for them and that neither way was right or wrong. We also talked about how Ruby was postponing her pain to a time when she would have the tools and ability to feel it. Melba apparently could handle the pain and was willing to feel it. Ruby's pain was waiting for her "on a shelf", I told them. And when she was ready and decided to visit that site, all the pain would be waiting for her, but she would show up with tools to handle it now. Many students related to the notion of postponing pain. One student had a younger brother who was still born. She said her mother had a box of his belongings and pictures of him in a drawer and that she was told whenever she was ready, she could look at them. She hasn't taken her mom up on the offer yet, but says when she's ready she will ask her mom to see it.
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Ruby is a wonderful little girl. I had a parent/child book group with some 3rd grade students and there was not a parent who did not love this story. Ruby has been the only grandchild of a loving grandmother up until a new baby cousin is born in Hawaii and gram feels that she must go and welcome this new baby into the family....the story is full of angst and laughter as Ruby copes with a summer without gram....a story that you will never forget and will make you want to read Wiles' next book: Each Little Bird that Sings! Betty Collins