Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ruby in the sky
 Author: Ferruolo, Jeanne Zulick

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus and Giroux (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 295 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 333290 ISBN: 9780374309053
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Single-parent families -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Hermits -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

When Ruby Moon Hayes, twelve, and her mother move to tiny Fortin, Vermont, Ruby is surprised to make friends at school and in the neighborhood, where a reclusive lady hides a huge secret.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 500286
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 76716

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/18)
   Booklist (+) (02/15/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/15/2019 *Starred Review* A quiet girl finds her voice and stands up for what is right in this beautiful debut. After the death of her father, Ruby and her mother move from place to place, finally ending up in frigid Vermont. Ruby plans to stay invisible until she can convince her mom to move back to Washington, D.C., but that doesn’t happen; instead, her mom reports the bad behavior of a powerful man (and friend of the mayor) and finds herself on trial for assault. Ahmad, a Syrian refugee in Ruby’s class, keeps being stubbornly nice to her. And Ruby befriends a reclusive old woman named Abigail, who is the subject of ugly town gossip. As powerful men intimidate potential witnesses in her mom’s case and seek to push out “vagrants” like Abigail, Ruby must do what she has always feared: speak up. Ferruolo’s debut has a quietly magical feel, aided by passages describing Ruby’s fascination with the moon. The faraway moon serves as a poignant theme throughout the book and connects satisfyingly to Abigail’s backstory. The story also skillfully depicts everyday injustices and how those in power control the narrative unless ordinary people stand up against them. Ferruolo includes many examples of these brave, ordinary people, including Annie, Ruby’s mom’s public defender. A quiet yet powerful story about courage. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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