Search Results: "Lois Ruby"


BOOK REVIEW

REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2013

"A squeaky-clean romance for the youngest end of YA or readers who want nothing objectionable when it comes to love stories. (Ghost story. 12 & up)"
Fervor for the Civil War never dies; neither can one of its soldiers. Read full book review >

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SHANGHAI SHADOWS by Lois Ruby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the romantic ending is ultimately unsatisfying, Ilse's story offers another culture's perspective on the effects of war. (Fiction. 12-14)"
When the Nazi's invade Austria in 1939, 12-year-old Ilse Shpann and her family flee to Japanese-occupied Shanghai with nothing more than her father's violin. Read full book review >

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SOON BE FREE by Lois Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"By dramatizing these episodes, Ruby recreates the evils waged against both Native Americans and African-Americans in this country, but this effort would have been more successful had she concentrated on the historical half of her tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this ambitious but convoluted piece of semi-fiction, Lois Ruby builds a story from historical facts surrounding the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

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MIRIAM'S WELL by Lois Ruby
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"An unusual book that roots an intense debate in terms that'll have readers cheering for both sides. (Fiction. 12+)"
Faith and science clash in a miraculous recovery from bone cancer. Read full book review >

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SKIN DEEP by Lois Ruby
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although Dan's transformation is abrupt and a bit contrived, Ruby (Miriam's Well, 1993, etc.) portrays skinhead culture and racial hatred with terrifying clarity in this well-written novel. (Fiction. 12+)"
When Laurel first sees Dan at the start of their senior year in high school he is a bronzed, blond god with a kind face and sweet manner. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF LAUREL OAKS by Lois Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Fans of Mary Downing Hahn will love this one. (Horror. 10-14)"
Set in south Louisiana and inspired by the ghost stories surrounding the Myrtles Plantation in St. Read full book review >

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VEGAN IS LOVE by Ruby Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Roth offers a strong statement in support of a philosophy that some adults may wish to share with the children in their lives. (suggestions for further action) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sure to provoke controversy and discussion, this illustrated introduction to vegan living occasionally leans too heavily on assumptions but generally offers a clear view of the topic. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Children young enough for this are in no position to make dietary choices for themselves; it will work best for children in already vegan or vegetarian households. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
From an opening that establishes all earthlings' mutual connection, Roth follows with evidence of humanlike behavior among animals. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"The past informs the present as the review informs readers: don't let this one go. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-15)"
Printz winner Ruby's middle-grade series opener gracefully tackles magic, history, and gentrification. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF TREES by Ilie Ruby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"Native American spirits haunt the novel, but unfortunately so do too many coincidences to allow the reader to suspend belief."
In Ruby's debut novel, set around Canandaigua, N.Y., a young man returns to his deceased parents' lakeside cabin after a seven-year absence and becomes involved in the search for a missing woman and the truth about his past. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2001

"A provocative history of Arctic adventure and colonization. (21 illustrations, 2 maps, not seen)"
An account of two Arctic explorers and the Meta Incognita (Unknown Shore) that they attempted to settle in England's first attempt at colonizing the New World. Read full book review >

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Released: April 10, 1995

"All in all, as cheerful, well written, and diverting a personal excavation of Jericho as one could expect to find. (12 b&w illustrations, 2 maps)"
A highly agreeable history of the ancient city of Jericho and its surrounding countryside, from the earliest recorded times to the present. Read full book review >