Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
“Woe is Ruby Lavender. She used to have a fun life, until her Yoo-Hoo drinking, pink muumuu-wearing, best friend of a grandmother up and left for Hawaii to spend the summer with her new (smelly) grandbaby. Now Ruby is stuck in boring old Halleluia, Mississippi, reading to her chickens, sweeping floors at the general store (torture), and being tormented by the curly-haired, tip-tapping Melba Jane who knows a terrible secret about Ruby. In letter after letter, 9 year old Ruby pours out her heart to her grandmother, but there is one thing Ruby cannot tell even her grandmother – the very same thing that makes Ruby take the long way home every single time and that makes her hate Melba Jane more than anyone.”
Ruby reminds me of a young Sweet Potato Queen (and if you haven’t read the Sweet Potato Queen books by Jill Connor Brown, read them now!). She is feisty, funny and just an all-around neat kid. Read this with your 2nd or 3rd grader. You’ll be glad you did!