Today is Ruth’s first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious i ...more
I have been looking forward to reading Jodi Picoult's upcoming new novel "Small Great Things" and I was pleased to find this prequel to the book. "Shine" is not a long book but it was quite an interesting read and a great way to introduce some of the characters that will be in the new book. In "Shine" we meet a wonderful and unforgettable character, Ruth Brooks.
Ruth is nervous about starting her first day of third ...more
Smart and curious, Ruth is an eight-year-old girl that doesn’t really fit in. No matter how hard she tries, she’s different. A scholarship kid from Harlem, she’s the only black girl in a sea of white faces at a prestigious school, and it’s tough. The behavior of her new classmates, the teacher, her supposed “friend” and even her own family ...more
SHINE is the enticing prequel to Jodi Picoult's new novel SMALL GREAT THINGS that has just moved up on my to-read list.
Eight year old Ruth is an addictive little character and smart as a whip young girl who lives in Harlem with her hard-working mama and sister Rachel, but an apprehensive Ruth will now ride to a prestigious school on the Upper East Side in a limo......and mama didn't answer her question.
"Would there be anyone else at Dalton who looked like...more
But Christina had her own friends and Ruth felt excluded in th ...more
A special young girl you will fall in love with, as she learns at a young age the injustice of a cruel world of prejudice, race, and privilege.
Set in 1979, readers get a look at Ruth Brook’s life at an early age, prior to moving into the highly anticipated SMALL GREAT THINGS, where we ...more
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It is rather foreign to me how Jodi Picoult can cultivate so much emotion in me in just 42 pages, but she did. There is no way I could give this short story less than 5 stars, even though I only rated Small Great Things a 4. There is just something about a short story that pulls at the heart strings that makes me want to give high ratings.
This ebook touches on race, friendship, and so much more. I highly recomm ...more
While reading SHINE, I couldn't help but to feel like I was reading a well researched story written by a white woman trying ...more
Ruth’s mother, Lou works for Ms Mina, and Ruth’s best friend is Mina’s daughter, Christina. But at school, Chri ...more
I listened to Shine as an AudioBook and it was all Jodi Picoult. I loved how, even in such a short story, she managed to create such deep characters.
Ruth was a sweet, caring character, even when she was a small girl, and I'm so looking forward to read more of her story in Small Great Things.
I love Jodi Picoult for writing about topics that matter, issues that need to b ...more
Before I started reading this story, I watched an interview in which Jodi Picoult discusses racism and privilege. It stayed with me as I read the story and led me to challenge my own attitudes and prejudices. Nobody likes to think of themselves as a racist, and it's an uncomfortable thought to admit that many of the privileges we enjoy ( level of income or career prospects) come at the expense of someone of another ...more
This prequel tackles issues of race and privilege, in both an obvious and subtle way and it is an excellent introduction to the characters and themes apparent in Small Great Things. It is defi ...more
Shine is a short story, the prequel to Small Great Things. It tells the story of Ruth, a young black girl who is awarded a scholarship to attend a prestigious school in 1979. Ruth is bright and determined to succeed, but quickly realizes that the other students will not accept her, or treat her fairly. This story was a perfect way to increase my interest in reading the full-length novel!
Her new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, is available in hardcove ...more