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Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby And The Booker Boys) - Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley Newton Man, do I love Ruby. I love Ruby like I love Clementine (as in, Sarah Pennypacker's Clementine). I love Ruby's FAMILY. I love Ruby's fashion sense. And I love that this is a contemporary early-reader chapter book about a little girl of color and that the cover is entirely indicative of that, because it's sometimes shocking how few of those books there are.

Ruby has Personality-with-a-capital-P. She's starting a new school and her biggest concern is not fitting in or whether anyone will like her but whether her three big brothers will overshadow her. Ruby wants to be noticed, she wants to stand out, and she's not trying to be anything--she's just trying to show everyone who she is.