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Ruby in the Sky

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  177 reviews
When twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes and her mother move to Vermont, Ruby’s goal is to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She doesn’t want kids at school asking about her missing father or discovering that her mother has been arrested. But keeping to herself isn’t easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee in her class, decides he’s her new best fr ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Laura Shovan
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for readers to meet Ruby Moon Hayes.

When Ruby and her mother move from sunny Florida to frozen Vermont, Ruby tries to stay silent and invisible at school. She doesn’t want kids asking about her past or finding out that her outspoken mother has been arrested. (Mom speaks out about workplace harassment and the boss retaliates by calling the cops on her.) As tensions rise with her mother, whose trial date is drawing near,Ruby forms a tenuous friendship with the town’s reclusive Bird La
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
The last thing Ruby wanted to do was move into yet another forever home, particularly in Vermont. But Ruby knows the drill— don’t settle in, don’t make friends, and soon enough her mother, Dahlia, will pack them up and leave for their next forever home. However, everything changes when her mother is wrongly arrested after an altercation with an abusive boss. With the court date looming, Ruby attempts to push aside the noise and invisibly navigate sixth grade. But then she meets Abigail, her recl ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

Really sweet middle grade novel. A great story about a girl who's life is not settled and teaches the power of doing what's right as well as empathy and respect.

Tricia Clasen
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to first geta chance to read this manucript due to my involvement in PitchWars. I fell in love with Ruby and her friends and family on first read. Ruby Moon Haye's life has turned upside down. A recent move and a mom who chose to speak out drove her to silence. She encounters her new world with open ears and open eyes, still making new friends and facing plenty of challenges. The characters reveal the rich fabric of complexity in small towns, quietly highlighting issues of harass ...more
Jennifer Camiccia
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to read an advanced reader copy of this wonderful story. The author weaved a compelling story of a girl who decided that staying quiet and fading into the background is the best way to get through life. Finding a 'forever home' is a dream that she doesn't really believe will ever happen. When she begins to make friends and connections in the face of an uncertain future the lessons she learns are powerful ones. I think this is such an important story on so many levels. One is accept ...more
Sam Taylor
I loved this book! The writing is beautiful and poignant and immediately pulled me in. Ruby is a wonderful young protagonist with a compelling voice and readers will find it easy to invest in her story. And the narrative as a whole is empowering, especially to anyone who feels that they don't fit into their surroundings and struggles to believe that they ever will. Young readers will love this, but there is plenty of depth here to appeal to older readers as well. This book made me FEEL, and for ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this book! I cried several times while reading this emotional story about a girl finding home where she least expects it. The story simmers with rough, realistic elements: a tough family past, Ruby's painful shyness, and her path to rewarding yet unconventional friendships. I just loved everything about it (and love that it made me cry). Fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt's work will love this book! ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I recieved a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

First Thoughts: I’m in between on how to rate this book. On one hand, it fit many middle grade book stereotypes perfectly, but on the other, it also broke free and made the stereotypes feel original. I wasn’t blown away by how it was written, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed. The characters felt fresh and new, and the story was fun; while fairly predictable, it was still enjoyable to r
Lisa Ramée
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was swept away by this lovely book. It captures so perfectly the feelings of a frustrated, sad, angry, preteen. Ruby's sadness over the loss of her father and her inability to control what's going on in her life is spot on. As is her anger with her mother. I think so many readers will recognize themselves in Ruby; especially since it's an age where too many times you have to do what you're told instead of what you want. And Ruby's connection to Abigail, and watching that friendship build was s ...more
La La
*I had to delete this review/book and re-add it because Goodreads had it listed on my challenge page as only being one page. Hopefully this works. You can do better Goodreads!

First I was going to give this book four stars and 4.5 on my blog; then after thinking about it, I was going to rate it five stars and 4.5 on the blog, but... I decided to think a little more and have left it at a solid five stars. Yes, it's that good! If this isn't a Newbery contender, something is wrong and it should be.

Julia Nobel
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced copy of this book, and as soon as I was finished reading, I pre-ordered a copy to make sure it was part of my permanent collection. What really struck me about it was how genuine the relationships are, especially between Ruby and the two women in her life. The arguments she has with her mom made me feel like I was eavesdropping on a real conversation. I loved the setting, which reminded me of growing up in Northern winters. Ruby feels like a real person, someone who is trying ...more
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful middle grade about love, heartbreak and finding home.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Ruby and her mother Dahlia have moved a lot since her dad is gone, but their last move takes them from Florida to a small town in Vermont where Dahlia was raised. Her aunt Cecy helps out, especially after Dahlia is arrested for a workplace incident of harassment for which she is wrongly accused of assault. Ruby isn't wild about her new school, since there are some mean girls who make fun of her clothes and her silence, but she knows that flying under the radar is
Gail Shepherd
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This gorgeous middle grade debut, which will publish in February 2019 by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo (I read the ARC), deserves all the early praise it's already attracted. A lonely girl, Ruby, and her mother, running from a mysterious tragedy, arrive in a small Vermont town in the dead of winter--financially broke and emotionally broken. Ruby befriends an eccentric old neighbor, a woman the townspeople call "the bird lady" who has a tragedy in her own remarkable past, and slowly begins to earn the w ...more
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
"Even when you can't see it," he said, "courage can be found when you simply stand up."

Thank you to the author for gifting me a review copy of this beautiful debut novel. I absolutely loved this middle grade novel about friendship, perseverance, and acceptance.

Ruby has not had it easy. When her mom moves to Vermont, to the "perfect home" things are less than perfect. Ruby works hard at being invisible to the kids at school who are not accepting of new people. She forms friendships with a young S
Joshua Levy
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was such a delight and privilege to read RUBY IN THE SKY. There’s so much loneliness in Ruby’s world. It’s in Ruby. Her mother. A new neighbor next door. New friends from far away. Everyone in search of a place to belong and feel at home. And through the connections Ruby makes—and through the power of her determination—she not only finds comfort for herself, but she helps others find it too. Set in a winter Vermont town, you can feel the cold and darkness of the days. But, most of all, you ca ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You stood tall. You didn't run away. Sometimes that's enough."

I just want to know one thing—why is it, in a middle grade novel, when two characters of the opposite gender meet, they become friends, but in a young adult novel, they begin a romantic relationship?

Well, anyway...I'll elaborate more on that later, but right now, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Ruby in the Sky. This is a middle grade novel about a young girl who moves to a new area, must attend a new school, and whose mothe
Chris Baron
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading Ruby in the Sky by Jean Zulick Ferruolo as an ARC. Let me start by saying these two things. 1) When I finished the book, I hugged it. I know it might sound silly, but this book pulled me right in, and I lived in the space of the book all through reading. It came together in such a way that hugging was my only reaction. 2) My daughter (10) on several occasions tried to steal the story away from me. Certainly this is high enough praise, but I need to say a few more t ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Readers of Joan Bauer, Barbara O'Connor and Lisa Graff need to run to their library or bookstore and dive into "Ruby in the Sky!" While the basic plot line of a parent and child searching for a place to call home after experiencing loss is not unique, the characters that support Ruby as she tries to find a new normal and stops trying to disappear behind her hair are definitely not a rehash of any other middle grade sad-happy heart-warmer that I have read. Highly recommended for those in grades 5 ...more
Katie Reilley
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo and Farrar Straus Giroux, I was able to read an advanced copy through my #BookExpedition group.

I love Ruby Moon Hayes and can’t wait for middle grade readers to get to know her. Something has happened in Ruby’s life, causing her mom and her to move quite a bit. When the latest move brings them to snowy, cold Vermont, Ruby decides to stay as quiet as she can to remain invisible.

Befriended by a classmate who’s a Syrian refugee and a reclusive woman living
Katlyn Duncan
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
RUBY IN THE SKY by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo was a heartwarming story of loss, love, and redemption. I fell in love with Ruby and her new life in Vermont. Initially, I thought I had most of the characters figured out, but Ferruolo altered my view by the end of the book as secrets and hidden pasts were revealed. Lessons about standing up for others and finding your "forever home" were prominent in this novel along with the eclectic cast of characters strong enough to reach out of the pages and grab ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get an advanced reader copy and fell in love immediately. At its heart, this book is about learning how to use your voice--not just for yourself but for others. It features a diverse cast of characters, including Syrian refugees and a homeless woman. Ferruolo has a knack for compelling, descriptive language, and her protagonist, Ruby, feels real and sincere. This was a great read and I highly recommend it!
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is all about relationships, and none of them are easy. The characters all struggle, especially Ruby, who is quiet and has trouble communicating. I enjoyed watching them grow and share their lives. Ruby finding her voice was a beautiful moment and worth reading several times!
Fortin, Vermont is hardly the paradise for which twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes and her mother Dahlia have been looking. After the death of her police officer father, the two have been visiting various places the family vacationed, looking for closure. But each time they start to settle in, Ruby's mother becomes restless and heads somewhere else. At the behest of Cecy, her mother's older cousin, they come to the end of the line in Fortin where Dahlia grew up. Ruby hates the place, and all she w ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

Imagine that your mom moves you around from place to place to place and each one is going to be your "forever home". Ruby wants her forever home to be back in the home where she last shared with her dad, but her mom has brought Ruby back to her own home town. She once again promises Ruby that this will be their forever home but within a week of being there her mom gets arrested and things are not looking good. Ruby knows there is no point in making friends because they will no
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

Holy cow, this book is a punch in the feelings. Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo's debut novel Ruby in the Sky is an amazing achievement in middle grade, as its a story that has so many layers in it, and each is done flawlessly.

This is the story of Ruby, a young girl who has had it rough and struggles to now find her voice. Her father is out of the picture, her mother has moved her to a new city in hopes for them to have a better life, until a situation at her job
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a satisfying page turner of a book! Ruby and her mom move back to her mom’s hometown for a new start. It quickly becomes apparent that geographical cures don’t work when mom finds herself in legal trouble almost right away. The court case means that Ruby is stuck having to navigate school, social situations, the absence of her father, and the uncertainty of their future alone. Enter Abigail, the town outcast bird lady that lives nearby, and Ahmad, the Syrian boy who hasn’t connected with th ...more
Dana Fontaine
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you for the free copy, Netgalley**
4.5 stars. There were some plot holes that seemed rushed to find answers at the end. However, this book drew me in from the beginning. I dropped all the other books that I was reading and finished this book in a day. I loved the characters. The author definitely made me feel something while reading this book. I felt despair when her mother was accused of a crime. I was also frustrated with the small town and narrow minds that were evident throughout the
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
My kind of middle grade -- a main character you love and cheer for, quirky, flawed adults, and a quiet lesson on the incredible power we have to change people's lives, simply by believing in them. ...more
Paige Green
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ruby in the Sky

Author: Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: selective mute main character. Syrian side character.

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

Genre: MG Contemporary

Recommended Age: 10+ (parent death, grief, sadness)

Publisher: Farrer, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 304

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Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes and her mother move to Vermont, Ruby’s g
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JEANNE ZULICK FERRUOLO is the author of EACH OF US A UNIVERSE, A GALAXY OF SEA STARS, and RUBY IN THE SKY, which earned two starred reviews and which BOOKLIST called "quietly magical." She is also a volunteer with IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services ( in New Haven, Connecticut. She lives in Ellington, Connecticut with her family. Visit her at ...more

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