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  • Writer's pictureSofiya Pasternack

Review: Ruby in the Sky

Author: Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Genre: contemporary

Release Date: February 5th, 2019

Series: none


Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she definitely does not want to make any friends. Ruby just wants to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She and her mother won’t be staying long in Vermont anyway, and then things can go back to the way they were before everything went wrong.

But keeping to herself isn’t easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee, decides he’s her new best friend. Or when she meets “the Bird Lady,” a recluse named Abigail who lives in a ramshackle shed near Ruby’s house.? Before long Ahmad and Abigail have become Ruby’s friends―and she realizes there is more to their stories than everyone knows.

As ugly rumors begin to swirl around the people Ruby loves, she must make a choice: break her silence, or risk losing everything that’s come to mean so much to her.

What I Liked

Ruby is a very relatable kid! She's going through some tough times and you really feel for her. There is so much going on in this story, too. The anti-homeless law coming in, Ahmad's family history, Abigail and her tragedy... It's all handled so beautifully! And as a Florida native who moved to Utah, I totally related to Ruby's initial shock at the cold weather. It's not a joke!!

What I Would Have Liked to See

Less of the mayor! GRRR!!

My Favorite!

Ruby's presentation at the end. I can't say why (spoilers!) but it brought a tear to my eye and was such a great moment! I had to read it twice. <3


Shy girl faces a new town and a new school. When bullies on all sides threaten every good thing she's managed to hold on to, she has to stand up for the things she cares about.


I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!



meet sofiya!

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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