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

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Notebook Series

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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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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
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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 (Hardback)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736534
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Format: Hardcover
Laura Resau shines again with this stunning sequel to the captivating novel THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK.

Zeeta's back and on another exciting adventure, this time in France! Aix-en-Provence is just like a fairy tale, and with her boyfriend, Wendell, coming to visit for the summer, life seems just about perfect.

But when a mysterious CD from a secret admirer ends up in her bag at a marketplace, she is determined to find out his identity. Unfortunately, the fantome and his gifts are the least of her problems, as Zeeta finds herself falling for fellow wanderer, Jean-Claude.

Will her relationship with Wendell last, or is she destined to be with Jean-Claude? Her fantome isn't the only mystery on her mind, though. She soon finds herself on a hunt for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Can Zeeta find an answer to all of her questions? Only time will tell.

Laura Resau has created another captivating tale with heart and insight! You'll fall back in love with Zeeta and find yourself cheering her on as she struggles to adjust to a new country, new friends, and possibly a new love.

For both fans of THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK and newcomers alike, THE RUBY NOTEBOOK won't disappoint.

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
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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: 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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