Shannon Hitchcock

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Shannon Hitchcock
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 978-0-545-78230-2
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Category: Middle Grade

RUBY LEE & ME

Synopsis:

After Robin's tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm aren't the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And now, Sarah will be attending a different school.

There's talk in town about the new sixth-grade teacher at Shady Creek School. Word is spreading quickly--Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. She's the first and only African American educator. It's 1969, and while black folks and white folks are cordial, having a black educator at an all-white school is a strange happening. For Sarah Beth, there are many unanswered questions.

What is all this grown-up talk about Freedom Riders and integration? Why can't she and Ruby become best friends? And who says school isn't for anybody who wants to learn--or teach?
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Lisa Wroble said on 11/04/2016:
This sounds like an engaging and powerful story (the stuff of an award-winner)! It's definitely on my TBR list. (Love your page, too!)
Eileen goldenberg said on 11/04/2016:
Wonderful book!!!! Heartwarming and inspiring.
Karen Smitherman said on 11/04/2016:
I loved the book, Ruby Lee and Me and the way the characters were brought to life. This was an amazing story, thank you for sharing such a trying time in your life.
Jenny Two said on 11/04/2016:
Ruby Lee and Me was a wonderful read. There were tears of sadness and happiness found in this book. I felt like I knew the characters and felt like I was there on the farm with Sarah Beth. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to every school library. The story is beautifully told.
Beth Furches said on 11/04/2016:
I enjoyed the book very much. A necessary conversation starter for todays youth@
Elizabeth Voss said on 11/04/2016:
I just ordered your book and can't wait to read it. I enjoyed your other novel.
Pamela Courtney said on 11/03/2016:
I am so proud of you and proud of this book. It is a must have on every school's library shelf.
Kristi Veitenheimet said on 11/03/2016:
Fantastic story that held me captive all the way to the end!
Lisa said on 11/03/2016:
Ruby Lee And Me is the sort of book that sinks into your heart and warms your soul. Thank you for such a beautiful story!
Augusta said on 11/03/2016:
As you know, I love this book. What a great way to share!
Gail Hedrick said on 11/03/2016:
A story that needed to be told, and a wonderful story-teller appeared! Thank you so much for doing it in such a special way.
Kelly Karsner Clarke said on 11/03/2016:
You nailed it once again, Shannon! Congrats!
Nancy Stewart said on 11/03/2016:
Wonderful book, Shannon, and it was a lovely experience watching it come to life!
Diana Sharp said on 11/03/2016:
Wonderful book!
alexis york lumbard said on 11/02/2016:
Intriguing hook. Would love to crack this open.
Sheila Welch said on 11/02/2016:
Hello Shannon, I loved your book and know it'll be read by many children -- now and in the future.
Sally Apokedak said on 11/02/2016:
Hey, Shannon! Good to see you here. Every time I see the cover of Ruby Lee and Me it makes me happy. It's such a great cover.
Holly Schindler said on 11/02/2016:
This is just irresistible.
Leslie C Youngblood said on 11/02/2016:
Looking forward to the read, Shannon!
Shannon Wiersbitzky said on 11/02/2016:
Loved Ruby Lee & Me!
Tracy Scaglione said on 11/02/2016:
I really enjoiyed Ruby Lee and Me. I also bought a copy for my school library. This is a sweet story about friendship and connection.
Sue Riley said on 11/02/2016:
Lived the book....do did my mother in law and my niece. Timeless story appeals to all age groups. So well written and the characters Really Come alive.
Shari said on 11/02/2016:
So honored to have Ruby Lee and Me in the Trio Project. It's a wonderful book, beautifully written, and with an important message.
Jen NyBlom said on 11/02/2016:
I thoroughly enjoyed Shannon's wonderful coming-of-age story --it will always have a spot on my bookshelf and a special place in my heart!
Lorin O. said on 11/02/2016:
Another fan of your writing here! :) Can't wait to read your upcoming work, too.
Gail Lenhard said on 11/02/2016:
Shannon has written a timeless book that is entertaining and offers an insight on the way life was. I am honored to call her my friend and recommend this book. It is a great story.
Ron Scott said on 11/02/2016:
A must read by an awesome writer !
Linda Carpenter said on 11/02/2016:
Well done! Congratulations on a great book!
Angie Karcher said on 11/02/2016:
This ones on my "to be read" list!!
Vicky Dudley said on 11/02/2016:
Enjoyed this book very much!
Jc Kato said on 11/02/2016:
A pleasant read about how a young person can make a difference in her changing world by changing her mind. I loved the pony.
Tammy Spillman said on 11/02/2016:
Your books are the best, can't wait for the next one
Cathy Castelli said on 11/02/2016:
Love your page - it looks so fun! I'm a big fan of your books, too!
Donna Gephart said on 11/02/2016:
Really loved this book. Of course, I also loved Shannon's other book. And I'm pretty sure I will love all the ones that follow.
saba said on 11/02/2016:
What a wonderful book. Thank you, Shannon!
Jayne Moraski said on 11/02/2016:
Hi Shannon, this looks like a great book! Best of luck.
Stacy McAnulty said on 11/02/2016:
I love MG! Way to go Shannon.
Jennifer Swanson said on 11/02/2016:
What a fabulous book!!
Suzan Johnson said on 11/01/2016:
Great topic, historical fictions are great teaching tools.
Karol Ruth Silverstein said on 11/01/2016:
This looks sooo good! Can't wait to read. I love seeing more books that take place in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I know they're considered "historical fiction," but that's just "my childhood years" to me...
Annette Gulati said on 11/01/2016:
Can't wait to read this, Shannon!
Debbie Reed Fischer said on 10/25/2016:
A beautiful book. Congratulations, Shannon!
Dorian Cirrone said on 10/16/2016:
A wonderful story of family and friendship!
Joni Klein-Higger said on 10/15/2016:
Love this book! Keep 'em coming, Shannon.
Jenny Lundquist said on 10/12/2016:
This sounds fantastic!
Kathleen Burkinshaw said on 10/12/2016:
Loved this book! So glad to be a part of #MGGetsReal with you :)
Joyce Hostetter said on 10/11/2016:
Ruby Lee and Me is an honest exploration of guilt, family, and friendship during a time of social change. Impeccable writing!
Brad Matthews said on 10/11/2016:
I very much enjoyed reading "Ruby Lee & Me" to my nephew when he spent the night with me.
no_author_entered said on 10/11/2016:
Thanks to both of you for checking out my page!
Ena Jones said on 10/10/2016:
Looks like such a wonderful story, Shannon. Can't wait to read it!
Keila said on 10/10/2016:
Enjoyed this story very much. A wonderful book to add diversity to your bookshelf.

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After Robin's tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm aren't the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And now, Sarah will be attending a different school.

There's talk in town about the new sixth-grade teacher at Shady Creek School. Word is spreading quickly--Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. She's the first and only African American educator. It's 1969, and while black folks and white folks are cordial, having a black educator at an all-white school is a strange happening. For Sarah Beth, there are many unanswered questions.

What is all this grown-up talk about Freedom Riders and integration? Why can't she and Ruby become best friends? And who says school isn't for anybody who wants to learn--or teach?
Shannon Hitchcock is the author of RUBY LEE & ME, (Scholastic, 2016), and the Crystal Kite Award winning novel, THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL. Her writing has been published by Highlights for Children, Cricket, and Children's Writer. She was nominated for the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. 
www.shannonhitchcock.com/contact.html
"The somber themes of race relations and personal guilt are handled sensitively…" Booklist, starred review

"Balancing the heavier topics are home-style recipes, strong storytelling, and Southern charm…" School Library Journal

I offer free Skype visits for any class or book club that has read one of my books!

    Guestbook Comments
    Lisa Wroble said on November 4, 2016:
    This sounds like an engaging and powerful story (the stuff of an award-winner)! It's definitely on my TBR list. (Love your page, too!)

    Eileen goldenberg said on November 4, 2016:
    Wonderful book!!!! Heartwarming and inspiring.

    Karen Smitherman said on November 4, 2016:
    I loved the book, Ruby Lee and Me and the way the characters were brought to life. This was an amazing story, thank you for sharing such a trying time in your life.

    Jenny Two said on November 4, 2016:
    Ruby Lee and Me was a wonderful read. There were tears of sadness and happiness found in this book. I felt like I knew the characters and felt like I was there on the farm with Sarah Beth. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to every school library. The story is beautifully told.

    Beth Furches said on November 4, 2016:
    I enjoyed the book very much. A necessary conversation starter for todays youth@

    Elizabeth Voss said on November 4, 2016:
    I just ordered your book and can't wait to read it. I enjoyed your other novel.

    Pamela Courtney said on November 3, 2016:
    I am so proud of you and proud of this book. It is a must have on every school's library shelf.

    Kristi Veitenheimet said on November 3, 2016:
    Fantastic story that held me captive all the way to the end!

    Lisa said on November 3, 2016:
    Ruby Lee And Me is the sort of book that sinks into your heart and warms your soul. Thank you for such a beautiful story!

    Augusta said on November 3, 2016:
    As you know, I love this book. What a great way to share!

    Gail Hedrick said on November 3, 2016:
    A story that needed to be told, and a wonderful story-teller appeared! Thank you so much for doing it in such a special way.

    Kelly Karsner Clarke said on November 3, 2016:
    You nailed it once again, Shannon! Congrats!

    Nancy Stewart said on November 3, 2016:
    Wonderful book, Shannon, and it was a lovely experience watching it come to life!

    Diana Sharp said on November 3, 2016:
    Wonderful book!

    alexis york lumbard said on November 2, 2016:
    Intriguing hook. Would love to crack this open.

    Sheila Welch said on November 2, 2016:
    Hello Shannon, I loved your book and know it'll be read by many children -- now and in the future.

    Sally Apokedak said on November 2, 2016:
    Hey, Shannon! Good to see you here. Every time I see the cover of Ruby Lee and Me it makes me happy. It's such a great cover.

    Holly Schindler said on November 2, 2016:
    This is just irresistible.

    Leslie C Youngblood said on November 2, 2016:
    Looking forward to the read, Shannon!

    Shannon Wiersbitzky said on November 2, 2016:
    Loved Ruby Lee & Me!

    Tracy Scaglione said on November 2, 2016:
    I really enjoiyed Ruby Lee and Me. I also bought a copy for my school library. This is a sweet story about friendship and connection.

    Sue Riley said on November 2, 2016:
    Lived the book....do did my mother in law and my niece. Timeless story appeals to all age groups. So well written and the characters Really Come alive.

    Shari said on November 2, 2016:
    So honored to have Ruby Lee and Me in the Trio Project. It's a wonderful book, beautifully written, and with an important message.

    Jen NyBlom said on November 2, 2016:
    I thoroughly enjoyed Shannon's wonderful coming-of-age story --it will always have a spot on my bookshelf and a special place in my heart!

    Lorin O. said on November 2, 2016:
    Another fan of your writing here! :) Can't wait to read your upcoming work, too.

    Gail Lenhard said on November 2, 2016:
    Shannon has written a timeless book that is entertaining and offers an insight on the way life was. I am honored to call her my friend and recommend this book. It is a great story.

    Ron Scott said on November 2, 2016:
    A must read by an awesome writer !

    Linda Carpenter said on November 2, 2016:
    Well done! Congratulations on a great book!

    Angie Karcher said on November 2, 2016:
    This ones on my "to be read" list!!

    Vicky Dudley said on November 2, 2016:
    Enjoyed this book very much!

    Jc Kato said on November 2, 2016:
    A pleasant read about how a young person can make a difference in her changing world by changing her mind. I loved the pony.

    Tammy Spillman said on November 2, 2016:
    Your books are the best, can't wait for the next one

    Cathy Castelli said on November 2, 2016:
    Love your page - it looks so fun! I'm a big fan of your books, too!

    Donna Gephart said on November 2, 2016:
    Really loved this book. Of course, I also loved Shannon's other book. And I'm pretty sure I will love all the ones that follow.

    saba said on November 2, 2016:
    What a wonderful book. Thank you, Shannon!

    Jayne Moraski said on November 2, 2016:
    Hi Shannon, this looks like a great book! Best of luck.

    Stacy McAnulty said on November 2, 2016:
    I love MG! Way to go Shannon.

    Jennifer Swanson said on November 2, 2016:
    What a fabulous book!!

    Suzan Johnson said on November 1, 2016:
    Great topic, historical fictions are great teaching tools.

    Karol Ruth Silverstein said on November 1, 2016:
    This looks sooo good! Can't wait to read. I love seeing more books that take place in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I know they're considered "historical fiction," but that's just "my childhood years" to me...

    Annette Gulati said on November 1, 2016:
    Can't wait to read this, Shannon!

    Debbie Reed Fischer said on October 25, 2016:
    A beautiful book. Congratulations, Shannon!

    Dorian Cirrone said on October 16, 2016:
    A wonderful story of family and friendship!

    Joni Klein-Higger said on October 15, 2016:
    Love this book! Keep 'em coming, Shannon.

    Jenny Lundquist said on October 12, 2016:
    This sounds fantastic!

    Kathleen Burkinshaw said on October 12, 2016:
    Loved this book! So glad to be a part of #MGGetsReal with you :)

    Joyce Hostetter said on October 11, 2016:
    Ruby Lee and Me is an honest exploration of guilt, family, and friendship during a time of social change. Impeccable writing!

    Brad Matthews said on October 11, 2016:
    I very much enjoyed reading "Ruby Lee & Me" to my nephew when he spent the night with me.

    no_author_entered said on October 11, 2016:
    Thanks to both of you for checking out my page!

    Ena Jones said on October 10, 2016:
    Looks like such a wonderful story, Shannon. Can't wait to read it!

    Keila said on October 10, 2016:
    Enjoyed this story very much. A wonderful book to add diversity to your bookshelf.

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