One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

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About The Book

My name is Ruby.
This book is about me.
It tells the deeply hideous story
of what happens when my mother dies
and I'm dragged three thousand miles away
from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray,
to live in L.A. with my father,
who I've never even met
because he's such a scumbag that he
divorced my mom before I was born.

The only way I've ever even seen him
is in the movies,
since he's this megafamous actor
who's been way too busy
trying to win Oscars
to even visit me once in fifteen years.
Everyone loves my father.
Everyone but me.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Sonya Sones has written five YA novels-in-verse: To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story), Stop Pretending, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Her books have received many honors, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the American Library Association’s list of the Top 100 Most Banned Books of the Decade (to see why, see p.46). She lives near the beach in southern California, and only tells the occasional fib. Visit her at SonyaSones.com or follow @SonyaSones on Twitter.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2008)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439107577
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 750L

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Awards and Honors

  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • Iowa Teen Award Master List
  • Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (NY)
  • PSLA Fiction List
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • Arizona Young Reader Book Award Nominee
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • YASIG Best of the Best (MO)
  • Florida Teens Read Master List
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (PSLA) "Top Ten (Or So)" Young Adult Books
  • Westchester's Choice
  • Gateway Readers Award Nominee (MO)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
  • Rosie Award Nominee (IN)
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred High School Title
  • Isinglass Teen Read Award Winner (NH)

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