Ruby on The Outside
Ruby's mother is in prison, and nothing about that is easy. The visits to see her mother are difficult, but also too infrequent. Ruby never feels like she can tell anyone the truth about her mom, but the dishonesty isn't easy. Can she find a friend she can trust with the truth?
It's so important for books like this to exist, as it opens the eyes of readers who have never thought about this situation, and gives a voice to those who are in (or know someone in) this situation. This book has the potential to expand readers' thinking about families and how they work. However, Ruby doesn't have any particularly memorable character traits - she is defined by her living situation, rather than her personality. It's an understandably serious book, but humor would help lighten this story in places where the resentment blended with sadness get too intense.
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