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Ruby Lu, Star of the Show    by Lenore Look & Stef Choi order for
Ruby Lu, Star of the Show
by Lenore Look
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The third book in the Ruby Lu series, this latest adventure finds Ruby starting third grade. With much anticipation the little girl can't wait to join some fun clubs, learn cursive, and play in the school orchestra.

As the school year begins, Ruby is a bit taken back when her father loses his job. Now he is staying home and taking care of Ruby and Oscar while her mother goes off to work.

With money suddenly very tight, the situation makes Ruby decide that perhaps she should do something to help out. The little girl sets out to make a million dollars, but quickly discovers making money isn't that easy. But the determined and resourceful child gives it a shot, so she creates the Plum Tree Spa.

The new business doesn't work out exactly as the little entrepreneur planned, but it certainly provides a learning experience she wouldn't have had in the classroom!

After her misadventure in the business world Ruby discovers that having a loving and understanding family is far more important than having a pocketful of money!

With the economic downturn still a major problem, it is nice to see a few authors address the situation. Parents losing their jobs and what it does to a family is something that can't be overlooked any more in children's literature!

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