The Ruby Notebook

Laura Resau, Delacorte, $16.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-385-73653-4
This sequel to The Indigo Notebook (2008) blends romance and intrigue in an evocative setting. Sixteen-year old Zeeta and her free-spirited mother have just moved from Ecuador to Aix-en-Provence, where Zeeta's boyfriend, Wendall, will soon join them. While counting the days until his arrival, Zeeta befriends a troupe of street performers and two elderly companions—an ailing artist and an antique dealer, who are intent on finding the city's legendary fountain of youth. When Zeeta discovers that someone has been slipping unusual objects into her bag (all clues about the father she's never met), she endeavors to uncover the fantôme gift-giver. The longer Zeeta stays in France, the more she feels herself changing, and she feels that her connection to Wendall may be weakening, especially when she becomes attracted to one of the street performers. Characters and events in the novel are painted slightly brighter than life, but readers who become absorbed in Zeeta's passionate endeavors and romantic mishaps will likely be willing to suspend disbelief enough to accept the rather contrived resolutions. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/22/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 373 pages - 978-0-385-90615-9
Open Ebook - 216 pages - 978-0-375-89761-0
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-375-84525-3
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