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Ruby on the Outside

Title

Ruby on the Outside

Publisher

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781442485037

Pages

163 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes has a real best friend for the first time ever, but agonizes over whether or not to tell her a secret she has never shared with anyone--that her mother has been in prison since Ruby was five--and over whether to express her anger to her mother.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

720L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; Incarceration; aunt raising niece; mother in prison; parent in prison

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and aunt

Awards

Choices, 2016 Children's Fiction
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2016

Keywords

best friends; mothers and daughters; friendship; secrets; truth; shooting; crime; middle school

Diversity Impact

direct

Ruby on the Outside


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