April 16, 2009

Author Exclusive: Derrick Barnes introduces Ruby

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Ruby130 Imagine being the youngest in a family of four kids. Now, imagine being the little sister of three of the most popular boys on the block and at Hope Road Academy, their school. To be honest, to keep it real, it stinks for 8-year-old Ruby Marigold Booker. I mean, she loves her brothers, but how can a girl as dynamic, as stylish, as talented, and as smart as Ruby receive a little bit of shine? (“Shine” is Bellow Rock lingo for attention, some of the spotlight, a share of stardom.) Her great singing voice, her unmatched trivia skills, owning the flyest pet iguana ever, and having a ton of colorful creative ideas will have to be her way to step out on her own and become her own “Booker.”

Marcellus is 12, and they call him “Big Time.” He is good looking, a master musician, and stuck on Marcellus. All the girls go nuts when he hits the scene, which has apparently gone to his big head. Roosevelt — or, as everyone at Hope Road Academy calls him, “Ro Rowdy” — is a prankster, a rascal, and he always finds a way to get underneath Ruby’s skin. Tyner — or “Ty Noodles” — is a brilliant student and has a brain the size of Pluto. He’s so smart, he was allowed to skip two grade levels! There’s more to the fabulous Booker Boys, but we’ll get into all of that stuff later. For now, as you can see, Ruby has a lot to compete with. Imagine what it was like for Janet Jackson having Michael and the Jackson 5 as big brothers. She obviously carved a name for herself, but it sure took some guts and star power. Well, if there are two things that Ruby is full of, it’s star power and guts (that didn’t come out right — you know what I mean.)

Ruby1 In book #1, Brand New School, Brave New Ruby, Ruby will be leaving her old school and attending Hope Road Academy where the Booker Boys are bigger than the Jonas Brothers — bigger and definitely cooler.

Ruby2 In book #2, Trivia Queen: 3rd Grade Supreme, Ruby has to face one of her biggest fears and at the same time flex one of her biggest muscles while competing against two of her big brothers in a trivia contest.

Ruby3 Book #3, The Slumber Party Payback, has Ruby at the end of her rope when Roosevelt continues to ruin her slumber parties. Enough is enough! Our girl Ruby has something in store for that chump brother of hers.

Ruby4 And in Ruby Flips For Attention, book #4, Ruby forms her own neighborhood drill team after watching her big cousin compete in a cheerleading competition. She quickly learns that being a neighborhood superstar has a lot more to do with community service than it does cute outfits and pom-poms.

Ruby is amazing, very real, and hilarious. I hope that there will be a legion of Ruby Booker fans all over the country. She’s more than girl power; she is the living embodiment of independence, powerful ideas, and motivation. Nothing will stop her from becoming the star she was created to be. Ruby is shopping on Saturday afternoons. Ruby is coming up with and singing her own songs at the drop of a dime. Ruby is hands-on-hips, eyes rolling, and hands to the face. Ruby is double dutch, roller skating, hot dill pickles, and a pocketful of candy. Ruby is cute hairstyles, mix & match shoes, and a smile that could change the weather from gloomy October to the middle of July. She’s all that and more.

Stay tuned for more Ruby books, but in the meantime spread the word about your new favorite heroine — the amazing, the fabulous, the outstanding Ruby Marigold Booker. And check out this video with more on Ruby:

Derrick Barnes, Author

  1. Raylene

    Ruby rocks! She is a wonderful role model for all little girls, especially my little Ruby! I love her personality! Phenomenal job to the next great world renowned author, Derrick Barnes!

  2. trina l

    This story is adorable. I cant wait to share with my class of ballerina’s. I’ll be ordering 12 books very soon!

  3. kolisha

    Our girls love Ruby Booker! Our oldest and youngest has read every book! Kamryn will sit and read the books from cover to cover as soon as she gets them! Thanks for bring us Ruby and the Booker Boy!

  4. Tyler

    I think people should read Derrick Barnes books because theyare funny.After they finsh the book you will LOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE it so much!!!!!Also they might want to NEVER STOP!!And they might go crazzzzy cause they want to keep`em come`in!!!Another thing is that if Ruby Booker was real you will see how I feel!

  5. Jermaine

    You should read the Ruby and the Booker Boys books because ruby is talented and shes in 3rd grade and shes smart. And she’s cool!

  6. Kennedi

    I like these books because Ruby is kind of like me. But except I don’t have 3 brothers I only have 1. And she doesn’t have any sisters and I have 1 sister. Derrick Barnes makes really good books and he has really good characters in his books like Ruby and Marcellus.p.s Ruby has an great personality.

  7. Ka-Nya

    I think some people should read Derrick Barnes books.
    I think people should read his books because the girl in the books her name is Ruby and she have cool things. I think he got the idea to write the storys from his kids and in the book Ruby flips for attention the book is good so you should read it. THANK YOU FOR READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Leon

    YOU SHOULD READ RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS BY DERRICK BARNES ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HIS BOOKS ARE EXCITING AND FUNNY FILLED WITH ACTION.YOU SHOULD READ RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS ALL DAY LONG!!SO IF YOU SEE A BOOK STORE THAT HAS RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS,YOU NEED TO BUY EVERY SINGLE BOOK IN STOCK! MAKE DERRICK BARNES YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR!

  9. Amber and Darnesha

    You people should read Ruby and the Booker Boys because they are funny and exciting. You also should read because ruby can solve her own problems 1st book ruby makes her own shine. Book 2 she did triva by herself Ruby is so cool. And sweet she is best singer I ever heard man she is going to be a singer when she grows up. But when it comes to purple and orange she knows what to do!

  10. Blossom

    I love ruby books.I liked when ruby put makeup all over her brother’s face. That was genius and funny. I also like ruby because she has style and she teaches us to go from uncool to popular!

  11. Takiyah

    You shoud read these Ruby books.BECAUSE thay are funny and fun to read.And she have a grate persanalty and style.Thats why I think you shouid read Ruby books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sabira

    I LOVE RUBY BECAUSE THE AUTHOR DERRICK BARNES IS THE BEST. AND I LOVE THE BOOKS RUBY IS VERY COOL .

  13. Natural

    I really llllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your books and plus i love ruby style she rocks it i love the way she dress.Also i love the way she sing she sings beatiful i really want to be like her bad she popular so am i its really funny how we both are popular p.s.s come back to our school cause you rock it so do ruby.I really love your books you need to write more and send it to our school please.Also it,s really impotant to read your books cause they are really funny to us you can come back to our school marcellus is a good roll model to ruby and ro is bad cause he put a prank on the school wall.
    love natural

  14. Cey'na

    I llllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Ruby!She can sing and she have style and she knows her colors! Now let me tell about Tyner… he’s smart and he’s sweet And the other brothers is the SAME way! Derrick barnes is a great Author! He even came to my school! And I hope he comes Back!

  15. Kaliyah

    I LOVE RUBY AND THE BOOKER boy’s because she knows her style and plus I like her style. She really knows how to sing! I wish I can sing like her because you don’t no how I sing .LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE RUBY

  16. Tasia

    Derick Barnes is my favrite author. I love Ruby she has good tase.She is aiways InTERSTED IN SOMETHING NOW AND SHE IS JUST LIKE ME IN MANY WAES.

  17. Derrick

    MAN i love this series!Ruby is talented!Ruby always has her friend Teresa’s back!

  18. K

    I like Ruby because she’s new, she’s talented, she likes to get people’s backs and sometimes likes to copy people! But I only have 1 brother and no sisters! Ruby is a good role model for kids!

  19. Mackenzie

    I think you shoud read this book because if you are a girl you can read this book because you can be just like Ruby and the book is like a guide to girl stuff.

  20. Elilzbeth

    I like these books because they’re so funny that it makes me want to laugh!These books are so cool to me!

  21. darnesha

    i love ruby. she got style when it comes to purple and orange.ruby is the #1 girl that you can hang out with.i mean she can be your shopping buddy or something.i bet you are making a lottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt of $money on those books you making.lol your books are funny my friend and i said that.me and my friend like ty.he is a smart,cute boy. we are your #1 fans.ps keep em coming!

  22. Derrick

    My name is the exact same as yours!I like Ro!He is just like me. I like Ruby to!She is just my lil cousin!

  23. Zoe

    I really like this book and I hope to read another one! I reamber when you came to my school! Derrick Barnes is my role model and I love Ruby she have good style just like you and me! By the way Derrick Barnes is my favort author!bye!!!!!!!!

  24. Catherine

    the books you made are so cool to me.I love the songs that you put in thous books.I sing them alot.you are a great writter!Ruby is like me cuase I love to sing that is my talent!

  25. ceynas

    I Loooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Ruby!She have style and she Know how to sing! Derrick is a great author speaking of Derrick Barnes I meet him in person at my school! Derrick I really loe your books!

  26. amber

    ruby is awsome man Ilooooooooooooooooooovoeeeeeeeeeeeee your storys p.s what your next story about.p.s.s ruby got style i do too psss did i say i loooooooooveeeee your storys.

  27. bc

    heyyyyy derrick! i looooooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeed all of your books .ruby is the best charactor ever! she is because you can relate to her she has a lot of problmes other kids have .She also has style and sponk.And my favorite colors are orange and purple 2!love Brieanna
    p.s plese come back to my school BEFORE the school year is over.
    pp.s i llllllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Ruby!

  28. EDWARD

    I LIKE RUBY BECAUSE SHE IS A GOOD PERSON IN THE STORY. THANK YOU DERRICK BARNES FOR MAKING THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. darnesha

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your storys they are realistic and funny some times you can sing em.ps when are you going to come back to my school.pss keep em coming.

  30. jemima

    I love this series though im 12 years old. I wish my life was as advantarous as her life . Imagining having the most popular boys as your BROTHER

  31. Principal H

    The Ruby series has been phenomenol! Our students have enjoyed reading EVERY book as well as meeting Derrick Barnes, live and in person! The characters are just like the boys and girls here at our school. We can’t wait for the next book! Mr. Barnes has done an awesome job in creating characters that think, act, and talk just like the students at our school. The connections for real world are fluid throughout the books! Keep writing Mr. Barnes so that our students can continue keeping up and reading about the Booker family!!!!

  32. Amirah

    I love Ruby… Her life is exactly like my life!!! I was wondering if you could make a book about her Grandmother coming back from out of town. I love Ruby and her brothers!

  33. Ruth

    I adore this series… My “Ruby” has read all four books within five weeks!!! We are all eager to read more about this wonderful example of a great American family!!!

  34. Shannon

    I love your books I Loooove them. I have read the 1st and 2nd one. Their great I can’t wait to read the 3rd and 4th one I know that they well be great too.

  35. Stks

    This series is out of this world. My students can’t put it down. “Ruby” is the real thing! She’s funny, smart, & cute. My students really adore “Ruby”
    I would tell any educator to have this series in their classroom

  36. Erin

    I love that your witing about Ruby and the booker boys. Its fantastic. I love Ruby shes just so awsome. I like her beacause she is great, fun, and funny in her own way. You should keep writing all about her!!!

  37. Rose

    I love the Ruby series. They are great books. Even my friends like them. Ruby is funny and she is alot like me. That is why I like Ruby. I have read almost all of them. I loooooooove them. Keep writing them.

  38. Mrs. T

    My 2nd grade daughter loved this series. She loves all the trouble the boys get into and how Ruby tries to make sense of all of these problems.

  39. Angel

    My daughter has a book club and we’ve read all the books in this series. My daughter along with the members of the book club love them.

  40. Cynthia

    I am an elementary school reading teacher who just found Ruby! Ruby’s stories are so realistic! I appreciate finally finding a book that our elementary girls can relate to! From a reading teacher’s perspective, the books are very well written and age-appropriate. The fact that they are chapter books makes it feel like “big-kid” reading!
    My 7-year old grand daughter and I love Ruby! We’re making a list of topics for Ruby’s next adventures! (If you don’t write them, I’m sure my grand daughter will try!!) : )
    Thank you for your work! We are looking forward to reading more about Ruby Booker!

  41. Denise J

    I bought one of these books for my granddaughter this past Christmas. She loves it and has since turned her little friend on to series. Great job, Mr. Barnes!

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