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Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (Ruby Lu #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  60 reviews
When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chi ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published June 23rd 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Amanda Sheets
Ruby Lu’s cousin, Flying Duck, is migrating with her family from China to America to live with Ruby and her family. Ruby is excited because her and her cousin will become the best of friends. But as Ruby’s mother says even the most interesting things become old. Ruby finds her mother is right again. Soon Ruby’s family is hardly speaking English and they are eating with chopsticks. To make matters worse, Flying Duck is deaf and Ruby does not know any Chinese sign language. While Ruby learns to co ...more
In the second Ruby Lu book, Ruby's aunt and uncle and her cousin Flying Duck have recently emigrated to the US and are staying with Ruby's family in the house on 20th Avenue South. Ruby loves many things about having an expanded family, such as getting to be Flying Duck's "Smile Buddy" at school, and is exasperated about others, like having to eat with chopsticks all the time and speak Cantonese at home. At the same time, Ruby is coping with losing, regaining, then again losing her best friend E ...more
Kate Z
If you are a fan of Junie B Jones, Gooney Bird Greene or Ramona Quimby then you will enjoy this book/series. Ruby Lu is a 2nd grade girl whose cousin "Flying Duck" has just come with her family from China. Ruby Lu, like Junie B and Ramona Quimby, is navigating her way through the perils of elementary school (Ruby Lu is a second grader in this book). She gets "busted" (a favorite phrase) but she's not a naughty girl. This book also avoids one of the major complaints about Junie B ... no misspelli ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers
Recommended to Emily by: Prof
I was reading this book for a methods class I am taking to become a teacher. I thought it was a very good book. It would teach students a lot of life lessons. It would teach them about different cultures. Flying Duck is from China to the United States. Other students in her class had to understand her broken English. Ruby Lu was her smile buddy who showed her around the school, and helped her get used to the school. At the end of the school year though, both were sent to Summer school. At first ...more
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is the fun, upbeat sequel to Lenore Look’s Ruby Lu, Brave and True. We are met with yet another Ruby Lu adventure; the immigration of Ruby’s deaf cousin, Flying Duck, along with her aunt and uncle who all have moved here from China. Ruby is very excited about this change in her life, along with becoming a Flying Duck’s “Smile Buddy” for the school year, until things start getting too difficult for her handle. With new foods and ways of eating being introduced into ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Kasey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students and teachers for grades 1-3
Recommended to Kasey by: Professor
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is an excellent piece of literature for students in grades 1-3. Adjusting to her deaf cousin's recent immigration from China has been both really great and really awful in Ruby Lu's eyes. She has had to endure chopsticks, sharing, and her family only speaking in Chinese. Worst of all, because she has been such a great "Smile Buddy," helping Flying Duck adjust to her new school, Ruby Lu has neglected her own schoolwork ...more
"Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything" was a really great read! I am studying to be an elementary school teacher and had to read it for my Methods of Teaching Children Literature class. This is a fantastic book for elementary age children. This book deals with the topics of immigration, multiculturalism and being deaf, but in a very casual and non-intimidating manner. This book also deals with the idea of summer school in a very positive way. I found this refreshing because for most children summer sc ...more
Ruby Lu is a book that I believe kids in the first or second grade would love to read. After Ruby's cousin Flying Duck comes to live with her, she is made a smile buddy. She is suppose to make the transition for Flying Duck, a deaf Cantonese student, easy and fun. Ruby does this by helping with homework, having adventures and experiments and playing with their friends. Ruby has some adjusting to do at the same time she has to make it through summer school, swimming lessons, and get her friend Em ...more
In Lenore Look’s Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, readers meet again with the loveable character from Ruby Lu, Brave and True. In her most recent adventure, Ruby Lu’s deaf cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China with her parents and they all move into Ruby’s family home. Ruby suddenly feels like she is in another country in her own house because everyone is speaking Chinese, eating with chopsticks, and playing mah-jongg. Despite these challenges, Ruby becomes Flying Duck’s Smile Buddy at school a ...more
Amber L
In Ruby Lu Empress of Everything, Ruby Lu is a young girl who is excited to have her cousin Flying Duck and her family come to live with them all the way from China. Flying Duck however is deaf and uses sign language and also is a lip reader. Ruby Lu enjoys the new addition to her family at first, because she finally gets to be a "smile buddy" at school (she was in charge of helping Flying Duck feel welocme there. This was something she has waited a long time for. Ruby Lu then begins to rethink ...more
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I want to be friends with Ruby Lu! She is spunky, knows magic tricks, and is determined to follow all of the goals in her 12 step summer plan (some of which include "hold breth while in swimming skool" and "play with flying duck"). Ruby Lu is a second grader who likes "different" and "weird", but she doesn't like "having her life turned upside down", which is exactly how she feels when her cousin, Flying Duck, arrives with her family from China to live with Ruby Lu's family u
CIP: "After Ruby Lu's deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her parents come from China to live with her, Ruby finds life challenging as she adjusts to her new family, tries to mend her rocky relationship with her friend Emma, and faces various adventures in summer school."

Ruby Lu is a feisty 2nd grader who will win the hearts of many readers with her misadventures as she learns to cope with new changes in her life. While not as funny as Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, this is a good book that will appe
Reading children’s books really is my style. I love that I can sit down and within an hour or two be finished with a chapter book. Granted, the chapter book has ginormous font and pictures—but I still feel accomplished.

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything loses little of the first book’s charm. Ruby still does delightful things—like try to fry an egg, hotdog, and pot sticker on a hot slide at her school playground—and gets herself into one mishap or another (she hides school letters from her parents a
Melissa L.
Sep 15, 2008 Melissa L. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 6-10 years old
Recommended to Melissa by: Professor Sieggreen
"Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything" was a great book. I read it for the fact of it being assigned by my Methods of Teaching Children's Literature class to become an elementary school teacher. However,I actually really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was very creative and easily understandable to its appropriate age range. It was exciting to find out what was going to happen next to this young girl. It dealt with a wide range of topics including immigration, disabilities, friendship, and dea ...more
This book was a wonderful children's story based on a young girl and her adventures and of being a child. It shows how amazing helpful she can be when she becomes a Smile Buddy for her cousin who's family has come to stay with Ruby Lu's family. A Smile Buddy is someone who helps a new student at school feel welcome. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is also a great book to help children learn a little bit about different cultures and also how to deal with students who have special needs. Flying Duc ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary-school aged kids
Shelves: children
In some ways this book seemed a bit too much like Ruby Lu, Brave and True, and sometimes felt like "more of the same." However, I really liked the way Lenore Look incorporated a person with a disability - a deaf cousin who is super cool in Ruby's eyes. Like Grace Lin's The Year of the Rat, immigration is also addressed at a level appropriate for young people.

Sometimes the stories in this book, as compared to those in Brave and True, seemed to be less well-meaning-but-misguided-behavior and mayb
Stacy Glover
Sep 05, 2008 Stacy Glover rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls (ages 6-10)
Recommended to Stacy by: This book was recommended by my Instuctor
This was the first children’s book I have read in quite a while. I thought it was a very good book. I ended up reading it front to back in one sitting. What I liked most about the book is it dealt with real world issues that could be occurring in children’s life. For example, it teaches children about immigration and just because someone doesn’t act or do things the same way you do doesn’t mean they are wrong. One of my favorite parts is when Ruby would tell her classmates an important fact abou ...more
Catherine Powers
Sep 09, 2008 Catherine Powers rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children in second or third grade
Recommended to Catherine by: Dr. Storey
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a children’s book written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. It was published in 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. This delightful book was written for young readers. Ruby Lu is a lively second grader who is proud of her Chinese heritage. She takes on a the role of Smile Buddy to help welcome her cousin, Flying Duck, who has just moved from China and is living with Ruby Lu. The two girls experience many exciting situations as they become ac ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Lyjakd rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young child who are struggling with changes in their lives.
Recommended to Lyjakd by: by my professor.
I found Rudy Lu, Empress of Everything to be a heartwarming and encouraging book for young readers. The main character, Ruby Lu, undergoes several different changes and challenges throughout the book. Nevertheless, she finds her way to success or a positive view on all of the changes that are occurring within her life. I believe this book could convince young children struggling with similar situations, a change in family dynamics, struggles with friends, difficulties in school, or fear of tryin ...more
This is the second book in this series I've read and enjoyed. It's a little bit like a Wimpy Kid book for girls, but the main character is of Chinese descent, so I learned many interesting things about the Chinese culture and immigration while enjoying the fun story! Ruby Lu is just too cute! I especially liked the story about her taping the eye chart to her ceiling to study when she goes to sleep because the person who tests her eyes never lets Ruby get to the bottom of the chart -- she assumes ...more
A fun read! A fun and lively narrator with lots of great figurative expressions and cultural references. Ruby Lu's cousin Flying Duck and her parents have just moved in with Ruby's family. They just arrived from China and make everything wonderful (being a Smile Buddy) and also hard-sometimes (using chopsticks at every meal). Ruby learns to speak more Cantonese and do sign language (Flying Duck is deaf). She also finally learns to swim and even survives summer school.
Julia Winknler
When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language.
As if that weren't enough, this summer proves to be even more perilous as Ruby faces the dangers of swimmi
Robert J
An excellent read. Full of wit and amusing circumstances as a deaf Chinese immigrant and her family comes to stay with her cousin in America. The illustrations are black and white and small but depict what is going on in the story and are very amusing. I REALLY liked this book.
The best thing about Flying Duck and her family emigrating from China to live with Ruby Lu's family is that everything is new and exciting, but, at the same time, everything is different. The house is filled with strange new foods, sounds of a new language, and too many people. As Empress of Everything, how will Ruby Lu ever manage all the new responsibilities that come with a suddenly much larger family? Her schedule is already packed with swimming lessons, the Plum Club, and summer school. Rem ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers and chilren ages 6-9
Recommended to Becky by: college teacher
After reading this book for a college methods of teaching childrens lit I now see why this was choosen for me. This story is very appropriate for young readers and listeners. It allows the mind to imagine and grow. WHile reading this book I was able to come up with many different acitivties and lessons that I could include with this book. This book was cpative and held my interest and the interest of my own first grader. This story was creative and I think it taught frienship and diversity. I wo ...more
How could you not like a book that so deftly handles immigration issues and deafness, plus tells kids that eyeglasses and swimming lessons and summer school are not so bad? Lenore Look breaks ground on handling difficult topics in books for second graders.
However.... I don't think the writing style in this book is the best I've seen. (There is a lot of "Ruby blinked.") The plot is just sort of okay. (Really now, did she have to include the part where the baby gets the magnets sucked out of his
Sunnyvale Librarian
Ruby Lu achieves her life's dream: to be a school "smile buddy." She is assigned to help Flying Duck, her deaf cousin from China. Ruby takes her responsibility seriously. Unfortunately, she also shirks her own duties as a student, and both she and her cousin are assigned summer school! In the summer, not only does Ruby have summer school to go to, she also has scary swimming lessons and discovers she needs reading glasses. But the Empress of Everything makes everything come out all right!
Ruby Lu and best friend Emma have a love/hate relationship, as most 2nd graders do. When Ruby Lu's cousin,Flying Duck comes to live with the family, Emma is left out of a lot of things. But, Ruby Lu finds that friendship is important, that learning sign-language lets her 'talk' to Flying Duck, and even baby brothers can be cute. A very humorous story about the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade, when Ruby Lu declares she is 'Empress of Everthing'.
Sep 14, 2008 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children ages 5 to 8
Recommended to Melissa by: Teacher
Ruby Lu, empress of everything, does a good job of teaching adapting to change. Ruby Lu struggles at first with some of the changes that take place after her cousin and family come to live with them from China. The story also touches upon children with disabilities (her cousin is hearing impaired), friendship issues and telling the truth. I think this book would be enjoyed my most children between the ages of 5 and 8.
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I first began making picture books in kindergarten because my other career option at the time was stealing. But a life of crime requires practice and patience, neither of which I had, so I settled into industry, making what I coveted but what my parents could not afford to buy: beautiful books like the ones my teacher read to us in school.

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