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Ruby Lee and Me

Shannon Hitchcock

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Description

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 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.


Praise For Ruby Lee and Me

Praise for Ruby Lee and Me:"With the poetry of plain speaking, Shannon Hitchcock recreates the daily drama of a vanished world."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder"Hitchcock deftly weaves her narrative through history to gently bring important past events to light. 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"[A story] about sibling love and self-forgiveness." --Kirkus Reviews"Sarah's inner struggles take place against the background of integration in a rural North Carolina community; Hitchcock . . . depicts her guilt, anger, and grief with credibility and the important people in her life in sympathetic, fully dimensional fashion." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Ruby Lee and Me:"With the poetry of plain speaking, Shannon Hitchcock recreates the daily drama of a vanished world."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder"Hitchcock deftly weaves her narrative through history to gently bring important past events to light. 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"[A story] about sibling love and self-forgiveness." --Kirkus Reviews"Sarah's inner struggles take place against the background of integration in a rural North Carolina community; Hitchcock . . . depicts her guilt, anger, and grief with credibility and the important people in her life in sympathetic, fully dimensional fashion." --Publishers Weekly

Scholastic Press, 9780545782302, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2016



About the Author

Shannon Hitchcock is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, hailed for its immediacy and cadenced voice. This novel's story is based on Shannon's real-life experience and the teacher who inspired her as a child. Shannon's picture book biography Overgrown Jack, was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Her writing has been published in Cricket, Highlights for Children, and Children’s Writer magazines. She lives in Tampa, Florida.