Ruby Lee and Me

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By Shannon Hitchcock
Publisher Scholastic Press
Ruby Lee and Me
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Everythings changing for Sarah Beth Willis. After Robins tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm arent the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And theres talk in town about the new sixthgrade teacher at Shady Creek. Word is spreading quicklyMrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. Shes the first African American teacher. Its 1969, and while black folks and white folks are cordial, having a black teacher at an allwhite school is a strange new happening. For Sarah Beth, there are so many unanswered questions. What is all this talk about Freedom Riders and school integration? Why cant she and Ruby become best friends? And who says school isnt for anybody who wants to learnor teach? In a world filled with uncertainty, one very special teacher shows her young students and the adults in their lives that change invites unexpected possibilities.

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30536 words30,536 words
224 pages224 pages
Lexile 590LLexile 590L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2016Published 2016

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