Ruby's List
Ruby's List
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When twelve-year-old Ruby's mother is called up to serve as an army nurse, Ruby and her family move in with her grandmother to a house with too many secrets. Ruby struggles to navigate the perils of a new school, and wonders at the over-friendly librarian who seems to know a lot about her family. Along the way, she is helped by her faith and the secret lists she keeps that reveal her heart. When her mother is wounded, Ruby learns who her true friends are, and the answer to a family secret is revealed.

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Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Literary Collection

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Life can change in an instant. For twelve-year-old Ruby Denton, it changed the moment her mother was deployed to Afghanistan as an Army nurse. Ruby and her family must leave their comfortable life and move in with her grandmother. Now, Ruby must adjust to a new school and deal with the loss of her best friend. To make life even more complicated, the new school librarian seems to know a secret about her family. Vulnerable and missing her mother, Ruby finds solace in her private lists and unwavering faith.

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Ruby's List by Mary Mager is a story about 12 year-old Ruby Denton and her family, and the trials and triumphs of a sixth grader. However, Ruby is not just a regular sixth grader.  Her mom is an Army nurse stationed in Afghanistan, so along with the constant worry for her mom, she also has the anxieties of sixth grade. She, her brother, and her father have moved in with her grandmother while her mother is away. Ruby has lists for everything: prayers, homework, shopping, and a journal her mom gave her before she was deployed.

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