Her mother has died and now
she is leaving everything and everyone she knows to live with a father
she doesn't know. He divorced her mother before she was even born.
Sure, she knows who he is. Her aunt had taken her to the movies and
told her that the famous movie star Whip Logan is her father. But
she is never to tell her mother that she knows. Her mother doesn't
want her to know anything about him. And now, here she is on her
way to live with him. Life as the child of a movie star is not anything
Ruby could ever have imagined. And how it all turns out is too.
It’s bad enough that Ruby’s
mother died recently. That she had to watch her waste away to nothing and
then die while holding Ruby’s hand. But now Ruby has to go live with her
father. In L.A.three thousand miles away from Boston, from anyone
and everyone she cares about. Her Aunt. Her best friend, Lizzie. And her
first real boyfriend, Ray.
Well, at least she’ll have the comfort of being with her father, right?
Wrong. They’ve never met which means she’ll have the comfort of a complete
stranger. Not that she doesn’t know who he is. Everyone knows who Whip
Logan is. After all, he’s starred in movies with Julia Roberts and Gwyneth
Paltrow. He has an Oscar! Everybody loves Whip Logan.
But then again not everyone was abandoned by him before they were even
born. Only Ruby has that claim to fame.
Ruby may have no choice but to live in Whip’s mansion next door to Cameron
Diaz, ride in his limo or one of his many vintage sports cars , go to school
with all the other kids of famous people, and have her famous father buy
her everything in sight. But that doesn’t mean she has to like it. Or him.
(Ona Gritz, email@example.com,
Hoboken Public Library, NJ)
is the tale of Ruby who has lost her mother to cancer and must relocate
to LA to live with her famous movie star father. Ruby must adjust to a
different life style, new friends and a hated father. Told in free verse
through Ruby’s eyes, life proves to take some hilarious twists while friendship
is not always where you look for it. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)