Synopses & Reviews
Plenty of girls have trouble relating to their parents. Few have to turn to a dictionary for help. Ruby Tuesday Sweet keeps a battered webster's by her side -- but when her dad tunes in to eight baseball games at a time on his wall of TVs, his talk of parlays and chalks and spreads keeps Ruby mystified. Then the Dodgers win the World Series, Ruby Tuesday's dad wins a bet, and his bookie is murdered. Ruby finds herself on the run to Las Vegas with her long-lost rock-and-roll mom in a race against the thugs who want Mr. Sweet's winning ticket.
A rare breakthrough novel, Ruby Tuesdayis the story of a gambling father, a card-shark grandmother, and a family of women inhabiting a Vegas casino. At the center of it all is the girl who never noticed they were different.
"The risqu world of this first novel big-time sports betting and casino gambling sets it apart. As the story opens, 13-year-old Ruby Tuesday (named for the Rolling Stones song), has not figured out yet what everyone else in her ritzy hometown of Laguna Heights, Calif., knows: her father, Hollis, is a professional gambler. When Hollis's bookie is murdered, her father is the prime suspect. Ruby's mostly absent mother whisks Ruby away to Las Vegas where they meet up with Nana Sue, Hollis's card-shark mother, who lives in a hotel with her pet iguana Twenty-one, knocking back bourbon. Ruby learns that her father secretly placed a 'winter book' bet on the outcome of the 1988 World Series at 40-to-1 odds yielding a $2 million winning ticket. And the Vegas rumor mill has churned up Larry and Hollis's involvement. A long set-up (Hollis slices off his finger at Ruby's brother's wedding while listening to Game One of the Series) and Ruby's act of revenge on a classmate stall the plot's pacing. But Ruby's adventures winning at blackjack with her grandmother, chugging Johnny Walker with her mom, meeting a rock star may attract readers only slightly younger than the author herself, who began this novel as her senior college thesis. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Jennifer Anne Koglergraduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2003 with a B.A. in English. While at Princeton she wrote Ruby Tuesday, which began as her senior thesis and became her first published novel. She is the youngest sibling to six brothers and a sister; a longtime fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and an annual participant in the Kogler family Christmas low-stakes poker tournament. She lives in California, where she was born and raised.