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The Secret of the Ruby Ring

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Lucy, a rather spoiled almost-eleven-year-old, gets a very special birthday present from her grandmother. This gift, a star ruby ring, has been passed down for generations through Lucy's family. The evening before her birthday, Lucy accidently discovers the magical secret of the ring:The secret of this Ruby Ring is that two wishes it can bring

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Paperback, 189 pages
Published March 11th 1994 by Milkweed Editions (first published 1991)
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Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A prize-winning space and time story written by an Irish author. A girl's wish on a magic ring sends her back in time to an Irish castle in 1885. In the course of the story I learned a lot about conditions in Ireland at that time (not pleasant) and about the life of servants and their masters in the great houses. An interesting, enjoyable read.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
I read this with my children. It was a fun story, but parts were difficult to read with them. There were some long political discussions that we did not like and skipped through. Since I know nothing of Irish politics in the 1809's, it was confusing & boring. Besides that, I loved the story and the lessons learned by the main character.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, juvenile
Very good 'upstairs-downstairs' book for younger readers. I appreciate that it shows how much harder work was for people 100+ years ago to the reader. The author really did her homework in writing about the daily grind of a servant in a country manor house.

I enjoyed the characters, especially after the 'brat' in the present time got transported back and changed her attitude towards people and things. The ending was bittersweet in that I got to know and enjoy the time with the people from the pas
Rachel Bergin
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining way to learn about Irish history! This book reminded me of a fantasy novel written long ago. It had the feel of a Narnia or Edward Eager book. It was a great story that wove together tons of historical details.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I got this book one Christmas from my aunt along with a ruby ring of my own. Although it wasn't magical like Lucy's I did love wearing it.

Lucy starts out as a typical spoiled little girl, she begins the novel by betraying her best friends secret to the entire school, fighting with her brother and overall acting very selfishly. However, by the end of the novel everything has turned around for her.

Lucy is about to turn 11 so her grandmother hands down a ring she also got when she was nearing 11 ye
In "The Secret of the Ruby Ring," the main character, Lucy is given a ring. However, this isn't just any old ring. This ring was given to her by her grandmother. While playing around with it, Lucy discovered that something was not right. She had discovered the magic in it. Just then she was transported back in time to the 1800s, where she would soon discover what it was like living as a maid...

One connection I can make is text-to-text. In the book "Copper Sun," the main character was taken from
Bebie Jane
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i love the story of The Secret of the Ruby Ring,it catches my interest, and my favorite part of this book is the part 13: "The Past Remembered". when Lucy already returned in her real world, and realized all her mistakes, because at the beginning of the story Lucy was a spoiled girl that gets anything she wanted, betraying her best friends secret and fighting with her brother.

..the only thing i don't like is the name "Spencer",i got to confused on it, because the name Spencer is masculine but it
Christy Reed
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. An adorable story that reminds us of how much we have to be grateful for. Lucy is a spoiled child who has a fit every time something doesn't go her way, and is never content with the things she does have. She is intrigued when her grandmother gives her a ruby ring said to be magical and able to grant two wishes. But the wonderful ability backfires when she not only finds herself in a time far from her own, but when she loses the ring. The story tells of her adventures in a tim ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found a snippet about this book in the back of another book that I had read and had wanted to get it for a long time. I finally found it and was excited to find that it was true to what I had heard. Besides being a humorous page-turner, this book also provides an in depth lesson in Irish history and a very detailed and highly informative description of Victorian era life; from the lavish living of the wealthy to the destitution of the poor. A highly recommended and extrodinarily interesting r ...more
Nova Gianfrancesco
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-past, the-oldies
i loved that in this book it showed a lesson. The lesson is to not always be greedy and selfish . The main character of the book, was selfish and greedy and then her grandmother gave her a ruby ring for her birthday and she did not think it was anything other than a ring and tyhen it transported her back into time. I think this was a great book because it showed a lesson!
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction about a young girl who mistakenly goes back in time and learns to appreciate her own life in the process. Good framing, well written young girl growing up story. I learned lots about Ireland and it's history, where the story is set. Fun reversal of roles.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a very interesting book.I had fun reading it. I discovered the secrets of the book along with its characters.I hope that everyone that reads it, enjoys it as much as i did.

I rate this book 5/5
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this book, and I did a book club study on it (reading it for the second time). I love the history in it, and the plot, but it is not as deep as it could be (especially the characters.)
Jul 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-fiction, tweens
Irish, sweet and old-fashioned with a little history. Nice recommendation for parents looking for a book to read aloud.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
fun Irish time travel
Fang McGee
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A vivid snapshot of upstairs-downstairs life at a manor house in 19th century Ireland, mashed up with a ripping time-travel yarn for the YA set. Throughly enjoyable.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Libro perfecto para niñas
Apr 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
if there was a less than one star, i would have rated it that, not good at all, unless you were looking for historical fiction, but it's not exciting
Meredith Henning
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, for-fun, emma
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A delightful kids book set in Ireland. Talks a lot about life and politics in Ireland in the 1880s, but weaves it into the story well.
Oct 25, 2013 added it
It is a very good book
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Awww.. My mom read this to me when I was little.. I didn't know that there was a sequil though I'll have to hunt those down and read them..
Katharine Ott
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
"The Secret of the Ruby Ring" - written by Yvonne MacGrory and published in 1994 by Milkweed Editions. A middle-grade adventure that might be somewhat tedious for young readers.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
sweet childhood favorite.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
An absorbing story that mixes fantasy and historical fiction; very interesting conceptually. The timeless theme of being thankful for what you have is explored.
Joanne McClean
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this as a kid and it always stuck with me. I just think I may have to have a wee re-read.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Historical Fiction/Fantasy.
Sara Byrne
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for Christmas when I was 12 and it has really stuck with me. I would highly recommend it for young teenage girls!
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Yvonne MacGrory was born and still lives in County Donegal, Ireland. She is the author of The Secret of the Ruby Ring, Emma and the Ruby Ring, Martha and the Ruby Ring, and The Ghost of Susannah Parry. She worked as a nurse in Dublin and London and now lives with her husband and three children. Her interests are reading, drawing, and gardening.

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