Synopses & Reviews
Ruby is starting third grade, and she can't wait! In third grade you get to join clubs, like for knitting and ballroom dancing and yoga. In third grade you get to sign up for a musical instrument (Ruby is convinced that she is destined to play the harp) and play in the orchestra. In third grade you also get to learn cursive...and that's only the beginning! But for Ruby Lu, third grade also means an especially big change: her father loses his job. When her mother goes to work to support the family, Ruby and Oscar have to adjust to her father's bizarre caretaking, which is definitely not all fun and games. And then there's the fact that money is tighter than ever. Ruby is determined to change things, though. Surely there's a way for her to make a million dollars!
As Ruby is about to discover, making money isn't easy...but having a loving family is the most valuable thing of all. This is another funny, charming, heartfelt gem from Lenore Look.
“Ruby is as effervescent and charming as ever.”—Booklist
and#8220;Leavening the seriousness of her familyand#8217;s money worries is Rubyand#8217;s Ramona-like talent for getting into trouble. (Young readers will think of Lilly and her purple plastic purse when Rubyand#8217;s beloved third-grade teacher Mr. Yu sends home a letter about her bad gradesand#8212;Ruby draws a picture of him being struck by lightning, then features him in a less-than-flattering haiku.) Ruby and her family, along with cousin Flying Duck and the rest of the 20th Avenue Plum Club, are as comfortably familiarand#8212;and entertainingand#8212;as ever.and#8221; and#8211;andlt;Iandgt;The Horn Bookandlt;/Iandgt;
and#8220;Although the overall tone is lighthearted, Look provides some real insight into the struggles a family faces when its main breadwinner is out of work, and she resists providing an easy resolution. Fans of Sara Pennypackerand#8217;s Clementine and Katy Kellyand#8217;s Lucy Rose should definitely meet Ruby Lu.and#8221; and#8211;andlt;Iandgt;Kirkusandlt;/Iandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Reviewsandlt;/Iandgt;
and#8220;A fun easy chapter book despite the heavier issues.and#8221;andlt;Iandgt;and#8211;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/Iandgt;
and#8220;Ruby is as effervescent and charming as ever.and#8221;and#8212;andlt;Iandgt;Booklist andlt;/Iandgt;
andlt;b andgt;Ruby Lu returnsand#8212;in paperback! Can this spunky middle-grader solve her familyand#8217;s money troubles?andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ruby is starting third grade, and she canand#8217;t wait! Sheand#8217;ll get to join fun clubs, learn cursive, and play in the orchestra. But thereand#8217;s one big change Ruby Lu isnand#8217;t expecting: Her father loses his job. Now heand#8217;s taking care of her and Oscar while her mother works, and itand#8217;s definitely not all fun and games, especially with money so tight. So Ruby, determined and resourceful as ever, sets out to make a million dollars! And though she soon learns that making money isnand#8217;t easy, she also discovers that having a loving family is the most valuable thing of all.
About the Author
andlt;b andgt;Lenore Lookandlt;/bandgt; is the author of andlt;i andgt;Ruby Lu, Brave and Trueandlt;/iandgt;, an ALA Notable Book, as well as its sequel, andlt;i andgt;Ruby Lu, Empress of Everythingandlt;/iandgt;. Her picture books include andlt;i andgt;Love as Strong as Gingerandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Henryand#8217;s First-Moon Birthdayandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Uncle Peterand#8217;s Amazing Chinese Weddingandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Randolph, New Jersey.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;b andgt;Stef Choiandlt;/bandgt; is a debut childrenand#8217;s book illustrator. She has worked as a character designer and illustrator in animation since 2002 at studios such as Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and LAIKA. She lives in a tree house in Portland, Oregon.