I am so excited and proud to reveal the cover of Ruby’s next adventure, THE FANTASTIC LIBRARY RESCUE AND OTHER MAJOR PLOT TWISTS coming from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in May, 2018!
I am so excited to share this RUBY STARR review I just received from my new friend Grace who is ten.
“I think that Ruby Starr is a great book because it felt so real and that’s what I loved about the book. It was easy to read because I was so into it. I got to the end of the book so fast because it was very interesting. I also felt really attached to the character Ruby. She has a love of books and she has a big imagination just like me. I got lost in the book and read it whenever I had free time. I really enjoyed all of the chapters — they were very well written. I loved this book, and I thought it was wonderful!”
Thank you, Grace, for reading RUBY STARR and for your fantastic review. I’m so happy you liked the book and Ruby!
So excited to share my new book trailer for RUBY STARR. Thanks to my daughters for creating it:)
Hope you like it!
For our second book club meeting in honor of my upcoming MG series RUBY STARR, we will be discussing JUST LIKE ME by the gifted Nancy J. Cavanaugh. JUST LIKE ME is a touching story about eleven year old Julia’s experience at summer camp where she learns to embrace herself and makes some good friends in the process. I chose JUST LIKE ME because it’s a book Ruby would love to read. Confession: I cried at least three times while reading this book and laughed more times than I can count.
Here are some questions to get your book club discussion started:
- Writing in the journal from Ms. Marcia helps Julia sort through her emotions about her own past. Have you ever written in a journal before? What was the experience like for you?
- Julia writes to Ms. Marcia about her blue baby blanket. What does this tell us about Julia?
- Vanessa says hurtful things to the other White Oak campers. What would you do if you were in her cabin?
- Why do you think Julia hides her adoption photo and doesn’t add it to her life collage? Why do Avery and Becca put their photos right in the middle of their collages?
- Gina is very open with Julia about her own life story. Do you think this helps Julia to share her own story? Why or why not?
- Which camp activity sounds like the most fun to you? What does this tell you about yourself?
- If you were Avery, would you forgive Julia for reading your journal?
- The girls tell Julia about times they pretend just like Julia pretends about her baby blanket. How does this change Julia’s views? Have you ever pretended about something important?
- If you were in the White Oak cabin, which camper would you be most like: Julia, Becca, Avery, Gina, Vanessa, or Meredith?
- Do you think Julia is peaceful when she leaves camp? Why?
Thank you for sharing! See you next month:)
CALIFORNIA – August 5
I’ll be signing copies of RUBY STARR on August 5 starting at 12:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
Hope to see you there!
I am so excited about my new middle grade series RUBY STARR (Sourcebooks), available in August 2017.
Ruby is a ten year old who loves reading and has a bigger-than-life imagination. Her love for books has led her to start her own book club. Every Tuesday at lunch, Ruby and her friends discuss a new middle grade book. In honor of Ruby, once a month, I will be holding my own book club. Book club discussion questions for middle grade books will be posted here on my blog. There will be some of Ruby’s favorites (which just so happen to be my favorites as well!) and some new releases too.
The first book we will be discussing is ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell. This book won the John Newbery Medal in 1961 and is based on the true story of The Lost Woman of San Nicolas. Ruby and I both love the story because it highlights the courage of a young girl, Karana who is left all alone on an island in the Pacific.
Here are some questions to get your book club discussion started:
- Karana’s courage is the trait I admire most about her. What trait do you admire in Karana?
- After she gets to know Won-a-nee and her young, Karana decides to stop killing animals and to find other ways to survive. Do you think this is a big sacrifice for her?
- Karana has many animal friends throughout the book. Which is your favorite animal and why?
- Would you have saved Rontu? Why or why not?
- Karana’s friendship with Tutok shows us how lonely Karana is on the island. Have you ever been lonely? What did you do about it?
- Nature is like a character in this story because the island and the sea are so important to Karana’s survival. What description of nature in the book stands out to you and why?
- Missionaries ask Karana to change out of her cormorant skirt and otter cape into a dress they make for her. What do you think this symbolizes?
- When Karana finally leaves the Island of the Blue Dolphins, what do you think she will miss the most? What would you miss the most?
I hope you enjoyed today’s book club! See you next month:)
P.S. If you have suggestions for a book we should read, please send me a message on my contact page.
One of the best things about being an author is receiving emails and letters from readers. Thank you to the readers who have been sending me questions and comments about SILENCE. The characters who began in my imagination connect us because they are now part of your imaginations as well.
I recently received a question which I thought I would share. This reader asked why I chose the daisy as Stella’s special flower. To me, the daisy is an understated flower that has as much power as a rose but with an air of innocence along with the freedom of a wild flower. The scene with Hayden and Stella in the hospital is the most important scene between them because it is the moment Stella realizes she is not alone. The only flower that would ever have been right for Hayden to give to Stella on that day was the daisy. Readers of my first novel, JANE IN BLOOM, will recognize the reference to daisies as “happy flowers.” (JANE IN BLOOM, page 45). It was a nod to my first book when Hayden chooses to bring Stella daisies because his grandmother had always told him daisies were “happy flowers.” (SILENCE, page 48). The daisy becomes a symbol of hope and the purity of the love Hayden and Stella share.
I am excited to announce my new middle grade chapter book series, The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous World of Ruby Starr will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky! The first book in the series will be released in 2017.
Here is the official Publishers Weekly Announcement from this week!http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/69208-rights-report-week-of-january-18-2016.html