Ruby Lee and Me
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545782302 Hardcover
272 Pages | 5.78" x 8.55" | Ages 8 to 12
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545782326 Ebook
224 Pages | Ages 8 to 12
Young people coming to terms with prejudice and its effect on the world around them.
Everything’s changing for Sarah Beth Willis. Days on the farm aren’t the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And there’s talk in town about the new sixth grade teacher at Shady Creek. Word is spreading quickly—Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. She’s the first African American teacher. It’s 1969, and while black folks and white folks are cordial, having a black teacher at an all-white school is a strange new happening. For Sarah Beth, there are so many unanswered questions. What is all this talk about Freedom Riders and school integration? Why can’t she and Ruby become best friends? And who says school isn’t for anybody who wants to learn—or teach?
In a world filled with uncertainty, one very special teacher shows her young students and the adults in their lives that change invites unexpected possibilities.
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Praise for Ruby Lee and Me:
"Excellently written, the novel’s characters avoid stereotyping and are well-developed, and Hitchcock perfectly captures Sarah Beth’s voice as she wrestles with big questions. The somber themes of race relations and personal guilt are handled sensitively and with a good dose of flour, courtesy of Sarah Beth’s grandmother, and hope for racial healing is offered. A heartening and important offering for younger readers.” —Booklist, starred review
“Tenderly told, this appealing story explores racial tensions during a key moment of the civil rights movement.” —School Library Journal