Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
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About The Book

When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language.

As if that weren't enough, this summer proves to be even more perilous as Ruby faces the dangers of swimming lessons, the joys of summer school, the difficulty of staying with a twelve-step program, the miracle needed to keep a beautiful stray dog that wanders into her life, and much more. Is it all too much for anyone -- even the Empress of Everything -- to handle?

About The Author

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Lenore Look is the author of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, an ALA Notable Book; Love As Strong As Ginger, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson; and Henry's First-Moon Birthday, illustrated by Yumi Heo. She lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 2007)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416950035
  • Grades: 1 - 5
  • Ages: 6 - 10

Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Land of Enchantment Children's Master List (NM)
  • Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List (OR)
  • Monarch Award Master List (IL)
  • Gryphon Award Honor Book

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