RUBY LEE AND ME by Shannon Hitchcock | Kirkus ReviewsQuick 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, librari 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.
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Thank you! Sarah is overcome with guilt after her sister is involved in an accident, and life in Shady Creek is turbulent as racial tensions peak. Despite the title and setup, the story is more about sibling love and self-forgiveness than it is segregation and friendship. Unfortunately, the book introduces such subjects as the N-word unarticulated on the page but clear in intent and Emmett Till but keeps its treatment on the surface, failing to assertively wrestle with them. The book also contains unlikely scenarios: Mrs. The story is acceptable as a book about familial relationships and self-forgiveness, but it fails as the historical narrative it purports to be.
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Word is spreading quickly—Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. For Sarah Beth, there are so many unanswered questions. What is all this talk about Freedom Riders and school integration? 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.