Ruby Lee and Me

Ruby Lee and Me When a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher two girls one black one white come face to face with how prejudice affects their friendship Everything s changing for Sarah Beth Wi

  • Title: Ruby Lee and Me
  • Author: Shannon Hitchcock
  • ISBN: 9780545782302
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher, two girls one black, one white come face to face with how prejudice affects their friendship Everything s changing for Sarah Beth Willis After Robin s tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow Days on the farm aren t the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scaryWhen a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher, two girls one black, one white come face to face with how prejudice affects their friendship Everything s changing for Sarah Beth Willis After Robin s tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow 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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    1. Sarah Beth Willis carries the crushing weight of guilt and grief after her six-year-old sister is struck by an automobile while Sarah was tasked with looking after her. This, being the books opening. From that point forward, Sarah struggles with the many changes that occur in the wake of the not-so-accident, self-blaming, accident. Family dynamics shift, roles reversals, living environ upheavals: even Sarah's stalwart friendship with Ruby ends up on shaky ground. The carefree days of summer are [...]

    2. I bought and read this entire chapter book TODAY as my birthday present for myself. These days I read as a writer and I loved the book from the very first line,"It was a perfectly ordinary day, until it wasn't." Hooked me right away. I admire the interweaving of plots and subplots, Sarah's guilty over her sister Robin's accident, and Ruby Lee and Sarah's rift in a life-long friendship. Set in the late 60s during integration, the story resonates for me personally as this was my timeline in grade [...]

    3. I WROTE THIS REVIEW FOR KIDSREADS/TEENREADS:It is the summer before 6th grade when Sarah Beth Willis’ life changes completely. She is supposed to be watching her little sister, Robin, but has her nose buried in a book instead when Robin is hit by a car. Robin is rushed to the hospital where it is determined that her injuries are life threatening. Sarah Beth stays with her beloved grandparents while her parents stay with Robin in the hospital. Robin eventually leaves the hospital in a full body [...]

    4. This book! It made me want to bang my head against the wall. First, it's a very sweet book about a preteen, Sarah Beth, and her family. As mentioned in the blurb, Sarah Beth's sister has a tragic accident. The majority of the book deals with SB's guilt and emotions about the accident and how the family copes with it all. There are some major life changes here for SB and her family and I feel as if Hitchcock would have had a perfectly lovely early middle grade novel if she had stopped here. The i [...]

    5. Your book is like your baby--if you don't love it, nobody else will. If you're a reader who has only read an ARC, I hope you'll have a chance to see the family photos in the back of the final book. There are pictures of my grandparents, their farm, Robin and her pony, and the real-life teacher who inspired RUBY LEE & ME.

    6. I thought that the book was the best book that i ever read, the characters went through bad times and good times but it all came out to be just right. The characters were credible they were interesting and Brave, but they did encounter some problems. Robin got hit with a car and Sarah blamed herself. My favorite character was Sarah, she was brave and strong. her family went through tough times,just like my family just not in the same situation. My favorite part of the book was when Sarah tried t [...]

    7. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineWhen Sarah's younger sister is hit by a car when Sarah is reading a library book instead of watching her, Robin ends up in the hospital, and Sarah feels guilty. It doesn't help that her family, hard hit by the hospital bills, moves from their small Southern town out to the country to be near grandparents. Sarah loves being in the country but misses her room, and is worried about starting a new school. Her friend Ruby Lee will also attend the school, but sin [...]

    8. This book is bursting with sweetness. I dripped all over the pages a few times as Sarah dealt with so many important issues from segregation to friendship to guilt to financial concerns and just growing number up. Mostly, this book begins with a lesson about how life isn't fair and it builds though a rollercoaster of other atrocities in life and forces Sarah to decide, for herself, what's right and wrong.

    9. I enjoyed the different story lines in this book, but I think I would have liked it better if they were separate so each one could be developed more. I had a hard time feeling like I was in this time period. This would be a good starting point for reading about civil rights for 3rd or 4th graders. The first sentence, "It was a perfectly ordinary day, until it wasn't." is great mentor sentence for beginnings!

    10. ***This book is a nominee for the 2017-18 Golden Sowers Chapter Book list.***Sarah Beth Willis is having the worst summer of her life. Her younger sister was hit by a car and Sarah is convinced its her fault. She was the one who was supposed to be watching Robin and now they don't know if Robin will make it, let alone ever walk or jump or play again. Besides that, this is the last summer before Sarah has to start at a new school, and this is the first year the colored children will be in her cla [...]

    11. To me this book is about Sarah. Sarah and all the changes going on in her life. Her friendship with Ruby and the integration of her school are part of those changes, but it's not the focus of the book. The book is billed as a civil rights story("When a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher, two girls--one black, one white--come face-to-face with how prejudice affects their friendshipIn a world filled with uncertainty, one very special teacher shows her young students and th [...]

    12. This book had its heart in the right place, and it wasn't necessarily a bad book, but I'm only giving it two stars because even though I was trying hard, I just couldn't connect with it. I'm not sure if that's me and my mood right now, or the very simple writing (which can sometimes be effective, but in this case didn't move me) or a combination of the two. I'm not sure what's going on with the cover, because I don't remember the girls every swinging like that, and the scene doesn't really expre [...]

    13. This was really sweet, and I adore Sarah Beth and her determination to make things right. Based on the description and title, I thought there would be more focus on the integration aspect of the story, but honestly Sarah Beth's friendship with Ruby Lee is almost more of a side story. The real story is about family tragedy, the resulting changes, and how Sarah Beth deals with those elements. Don't get me wrong--it didn't make me like the story any less--it just wasn't what I was expecting.

    14. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock is a based on actual events. Sarah Beth loves to read and was happily absorbed in her book when her younger sister is hit by a car. Robin's hospitalization and rehabilitation throws Sarah's family and life into chaos.The afterword includes photographs from the author's childhood of the people and places that inspired the book.pussreboots/blog/2018/comm

    15. Ruby Lee & Me by Shannon Hitchcock is supposed to be a story about school integration, an African American teacher being added to the school and the friendship between Sarah and Ruby Lee. Instead, this book takes place mostly in the summer before the integration starts with the focus being on the accident that injured Sarah's sister, Robin, and Sarah's feelings about it and actions around it with a little bit of the friendship thrown in. The author drew heavily upon her life experience to wr [...]

    16. Have you ever been friends with someone you weren't suppose to be friends with? Well, Sarah Beth, the main character, had a best friend that was African American and not many people liked that. Having a terrible accident, moving schools, and trying to learn about freedom riders all at the same time is difficult for a 12-year-old girl.Sarah learned the hard way how important her sibling was when her sister, Robin, unfortunately, got hit by a car. She was rushed to the emergency room. Robin was in [...]

    17. This book takes place in North Carolina in 1969. Sarah Beth Willis is going into the 7th grade, but she will be attending a new school this year. This will be the first year that the new school will be integrated with people of all colors. Her teacher is also the first teacher in the school to be African American. Sarah Beth is going through a lot of emotions in this book. She mostly feels guilty for her sister's accident, but she feels torn between being a good friend with her African American [...]

    18. I adore this book! It takes place in Shady Creek, North Carolina. It follows the story of a girl named Sarah (12) and the events that followed a car accident that landed her 6 year old sister in the hospital. Sarah stays with her grandparents a good part of the book. Her grandparents live next to a longtime family friend Miss Irene and her granddaughter Ruby Lee. Sarah and Ruby had been friends since they were little, but growing up in a period of segregation complicated their friendship. When t [...]

    19. Forgiveness and Courage4 stars. Hitchcock delivers a solid historical fiction for middle graders built around the themes of family and friendship. Both are put to the test, first by an accident involving the main character's younger sister, and then the integration of the community's school. While both occurrences should resonate with today's readers, the later is definitely fertile ground for discussion, reminding us of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go when it comes to race rela [...]

    20. This is a heartwarming tale of friendship, courage and forgiveness. Set in the south during the early days of integration, Ruby Lee and Me is a must-read for both children and adults, not only because it shines a light on what life was like in a small, southern town as our country was changing, but also for the heart and authenticity in the characters. I felt I was there right alongside Sarah and Ruby Lee. While reading, I was sometimes moved to tears. A beautifully written, thought-provoking bo [...]

    21. Not really at all what I expected based on the description. I kept waiting for it to get more involved with the civil rights and integration side of the story but I felt like that took a backseat to her sister's accident. I think I would've enjoyed it more if it was just about her relationship with her sister and dealing with that guilt or just about Ruby and school. Not both. Also (for me) a little too religious. Well-meaning but not an effective story about school integration which is what it [...]

    22. The cover alone grabbed me - as I hope it will grab other young readers looking to understand segregation as well as all those other things that can happen to us growing up. 1969 and so much is going on in Sarah Beth's life, carrying a load of guilt about her sister's accident, her family having to move, and her friendship with Ruby Lee a lot of issues packed into a one book -but perhaps a gateway 'drug' to further reading on segregation.

    23. AMAZING BOOK! I loved the entire story and how it flowed from one page to the next. Sarah Beth has many obstacles in this book including overcoming feelings from her sister's terrible accident, being best friends with an African American (when it's not socially acceptable), and going to a new school. Such an easy read with a great story attached to it.

    24. This book was trying to do too much and, as a result, fell a little flat. If it's going to be advertised as a book for kids that discusses/explores topics such as integration, then that should be the focus of the story; those issues were barely on the periphery of the story. The story of the family dealing with the aftermath of a tragic accident was fine--nothing that wow'ed me.

    25. Another great friendship story! This book takes place in 1969 and deals with issues of segregation and integration, but the themes in the beginning of the book are issues we still deal with today. It also deals with the tragedy of a bad car accident and how that affects the little girl and her family.

    26. Centered around difficult issues, based on some of the author's own experiences, this wonderful story would make a great book club choice for middle-grade readers. Girls in particular would like this one.

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