Synopses & Reviews
Ruby Lavender used to have a good life. She and her grandmother, Miss Eula, were inseparable--they even drove the getaway car together for chickens rescued from the slaughterhouse! But this summer, Miss Eula will be in Hawaii, and Ruby's sure it'll be a lonely, empty, horrible season without her. What happens instead? Ruby makes a new friend, saves the school play, writes plenty of letters to her favorite (and only) grandmother . . . and finally stops blaming herself for her grandfather's death.
"This small comic novel makes good use of a lot of chickens."--The New York Times Book Review
[star]"A lively, humorous story. . . . Colorful and spirited."--School Library Journal (starred review)
Ruby and her grandmother, Miss Eula, were inseparable last summer. But this summer, Miss Eula will be in Hawaii, and Ruby's sure she'll be lonely. However, Ruby makes a new friend, saves the school play, and writes plenty of letters to her grandmother. An ALA Notable Children's Book.
A charming and hilarious coming-of-age story about two chicken thieves, best friends, and how each learns to survive loss.
About the Author
DEBORAH WILES is an extraordinary first-time novelist. She has worked as a journalist and a radio commentator, and she teaches writing and oral history workshops for children. She spent much of her childhood living in a small town in Mississippi, and she now lives in Maryland.