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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Ruby on the Outside

Title: Ruby on the Outside

Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin

Published: 2015

Genre: Contemporary

Grade Level: 3rd-5th Grade

-Movie Rating: PG-13 for violence

-Features: A parent in prison 

Blurb (from goodreads):

Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes is about to start middle school, and only her aunt knows her deepest, darkest, most secret of secrets: her mother is in prison.

Then Ruby thinks she’s found her first true-blue friend, Margalit Tipps —but can she tell Margalit the truth about her mom?

Maybe not. Because it turns out that Margalit’s family history seems closely connected to the very event that put her mother in prison, and if Ruby comes clean, she could lose everything she cares about most.

My Scores:

Writing Style: Sparse

The writing style is rather inconsistent for my taste. But I will say that there were moments I loved, especially towards the end.

Characters: Memorable

The character development of the MC was wonderful! I felt her frustration, her fears, and her need for human connection on a raw emotional level.

The book wasn’t really long enough to give other characters much complexity, but they are all given personality and purpose to the overall plot.

Plot: Absolute Page Turner

This plot was so unique that it was the driving force that kept me reading until the very end. I wish there were more children’s books that featured difficult topics so that kids could begin to grapple with the imperfections of this world and become more emotionally developed and empathic adults.

Overall: Enjoyable

Overall, I’m really glad to have read this book. It has such a unique plot and such a relatable MC that it makes it a worthwhile read.

It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I’m glad that there’s a children’s book out there that deals with this very difficult topic head on.


“She made a terrible mistake. I don’t think your mother ever understood how important she was to you. She didn’t think she was important to anyone.”

This book is about the dangers of having an inferiority complex. Having feelings of worthlessness leads to a misunderstanding of how important you are to other people in your life.

Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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