Ruby Lee & Me

ruby-lee-meWritten by Shannon Hitchcock

This story was inspired by Shannon’s own experience. She began school when integration between blacks and whites was first implemented in her home town. Her teacher Mrs. Pauline Porter was African American and played a huge role in Shannon’s life. Thus, she wanted to write a book in honor of her teacher. The story is also about Sarah learning to adjust to life after her sister’s accident. This story plot was also inspired by Shannon’s personal experience when her sister Robin had a car accident.
This story was slightly different than I expected. I thought the story would focus on Sarah and Ruby Lee’s friendship but instead focused on Sarah and her sister Robin. As the story progresses Sarah learns that Robin’s accident was not entirely her fault. I loved the scene where Sarah’s mother tells her that “the accident is in the past” and what is important now is forgiveness.

The story touched my heart but I am unsure how children will react to the book. I do know that this would be an excellent story to read around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a reminder of the progress we have made in accepting others, no matter what their skin color is.

Review by LeeAnne Neilson, Academy Park Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 3rd grade–6th Grade

Ruby Lee & Me
Written by Shannon Hitchcock
Scholastic Press
224 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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3 thoughts on “Ruby Lee & Me”

  1. From what you said about the book being more about the sister and not the friend, the title is a bit confusing. But it still sounds like a good book to look into. Thanks for the review.

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