And then there's the fact that money is tighter than ever. Ruby is determined to change things, though.
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Surely there's a way for her to make a million dollars! As Ruby is about to discover, making money isn't easy This is another funny, charming, heartfelt gem from Lenore Look. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ruby Lu, Star of the Show , please sign up.
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Sort order. Jul 24, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: juvenile-fiction , library-book. Ruby Lu is back, with her cousin, Flying Duck, and her little brother, Oscar. The book isn't all rainbows and sunshine. Ruby's father has lost his job and times are hard. The book talks about how Ruby, with the help of her friends, try to help the family's finances. But things look bleak when they might have to get rid of her dog, Elvis. Jan 10, Angela rated it it was amazing. There were a lot of delightful unexpected twists in the narrative which I enjoyed.
I enjoyed the creative ways in which ruby lu seeks to help her family. The third and, as of now, final entry in the Ruby Lu series, finds Ruby starting third grade just as her dad has lost his job and her mom goes to work selling shoes at the mall. Ruby worries along with her parents and contributes to the family finances or tries to, at least by counterfeiting money, opening a backyard spa with less than optimal results, and home-training Elvis, the stray dog who wandered into Ruby's home and stayed. This is a less upbeat entry than Ruby Lu Empress of Everythin The third and, as of now, final entry in the Ruby Lu series, finds Ruby starting third grade just as her dad has lost his job and her mom goes to work selling shoes at the mall.
This is a less upbeat entry than Ruby Lu Empress of Everything but has some nice lessons about compassion and helping one's neighbor.
May 10, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: jared , megan. This is another book that Megan found on her own at the library that she wanted me to read to her. I didn't really know what to expect, but it was a good book. Ruby Lu is very relatable for kids, and she dealt with some real problems in this book her dad losing his job, her mom not being at home anymore because she gets a job, dealing with having little money.
It ended in a nice way that wrapped up everything and showed a lot of character development from Ruby Lu. I'm sure we'll be reading more This is another book that Megan found on her own at the library that she wanted me to read to her. I'm sure we'll be reading more Ruby Lu after finishing this book.
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Megan is a much bigger fan of it than Jared, but he usually still enjoys it when I get started. Oct 25, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Such happy stories. Dad loses his job, which creates opportunities to teach the kids resilience and honor. I love the thrifty costumes I wish we got to know Flying Duck and her parents better; maybe we do in book 2, which I haven't read yet.
Mar 03, Shazzer rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-grade , middle-grade.
Star of the Show (Ruby Lu, book 3) by Lenore Look
Jones as the newest precocious youngster in the chapter book set. First on the chopping block are obedience lessons for Ruby's new dog, Elvis, who knows many cool tricks, like yoga, but needs help with the basics, like sit. Sound familiar? Ruby tries many things to help the family through this rough patch, including running her own spa where her friends with money scanned from the computer all get new haircuts to engaging in a bit of pet therapy when her father seems down in the dumps.
Of course, Ruby makes up with her teacher, and even attends tutoring after school to help with her grades. Even little brother Oscar gets into the act as a bottle of detergent. I always look forward to a new Lenore Look title. I think Ruby Lu has earned her place on the reading list next to Beverly Clearly, Barbara Park and Megan McDonald as a solidly entertaining and rewarding early chapter book.
The inside illustrations are just fine, but the cover image is a bit too girly to me, a bit too generic. Ruby looks like any other big-eyed, apple-cheeked cartoon little girl.
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View 1 comment. Oct 07, Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it Shelves: level-chapter-books , genre-realistic-fiction. In this third story about Ruby Lu, Ruby is absolutely loving third grade. Ruby's going to learn cursive, write haiku, play the recorder, and take her dog to obedience school. That is, until her family must deal with an issue many families have faced during the economic recession: her father loses his job. Ruby takes the news pretty hard, but is determined to ra In this third story about Ruby Lu, Ruby is absolutely loving third grade. Ruby takes the news pretty hard, but is determined to raise some money on her own.
She even sends some emails on her dad's behalf in the hope of getting him a new job. To Ruby's great surprise, though, it is soon her mother who goes off to work, leaving Dad at home to take care of the kids. He doesn't do everything exactly like Mom would, and Ruby has a tough time adjusting.
Other plot threads involve Ruby's cousin, Flying Duck, who is deaf and communicates using Chinese Sign Language, Ruby's dog, Elvis, who may not be who she thinks he is, and the members of the 20th Avenue Plum Club, who stand by Ruby and subject themselves to her short-lived makeover business. This book was very slow to start, and I really thought the story could have begun with the second chapter. That's where the action really begins, and where I first felt connected to Ruby as a character.
While this subject matter has been covered in other chapter book series - most memorably, in Ramona and her Father - this was a somewhat new twist on the concept, given the extended family living with the Lus, and the creative ways Ruby comes up with to assist her father. The writing style, too, is very strong, and after that first chapter, Ruby's voice propelled me through the story fairly quickly.
What I didn't like as much was the way the title of the book didn't seem connected at all to the main points of the plot.
Yes, there is a connection in the final chapter of the story, but it felt almost like two books were smooshed together - one about Mr. Lu's lost job, and the other about Ruby and her dog.