Ruby Lee & Me

Ruby Lee & Me

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Young people coming to terms with prejudice and its effect on the world around them.

Everything's changing for Sarah Beth Willis. 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.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545782302
Branch Call Number: J HIT
Characteristics: 207 pages :,illustrations
Alternative Title: Ruby Lee and me


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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 01, 2016

Some nights make you question if there really is a God in heaven. I hung my head, feeling more hopeless than I ever had before, but then Mrs. Smyre's voice rang out. She sang the words to "We Shall Overcome."

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 01, 2016

"Ruby Lee turned around and put the stink eye on me, but she didn't say any more. We'd been friends since we were babies, but it only took five minutes to blow that friendship to smithereens. Some words are like a stick of dynamite." -Sarah Beth Willis

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 01, 2016

It was a perfectly ordinary day, until it wasn't.


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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 01, 2016

Quick to read, this story is filled with friendship, family, and community. The story revolves around Sarah Beth, a sensitive and curious bookworm whose friendship with Ruby Lee is strained when their town begins to change as segregation ends. Rich language, warm characters (grandparents, librarian, teacher) and a firm historical setting make this a strong choice for Black History Month.

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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 01, 2016

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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