Now Introducing: Author Derrick Barnes

Now Introducing: Author Derrick Barnes

Not Just A Children’s Read, A Book for the Entire Family

written by Leanee Brown

Author Derrick Barnes knew Ruby way before print hit paper.  Anyone could be Ruby… Be it blond-haired, or olive skinned.  French braids or slanted eyes… Anyone could be Ruby.

This sassy character submerged from the shadows of her three older brothers, the Booker Boys, and evolved into a confident, spunky, soulful, little girl.   She is your All-American girl: talented, smart, cute and charismatic.   Ruby finds her own style and her own voice in this not so frilly world.  She is whom Beyoncé sings about.  Who runs the world?  Girls, of course!

Ruby takes center stage, no longer stifled by her older brothers.  Who can’t relate to Ruby?  Or her brothers for that matter?  The personality of every character reminds you of a comical childhood friend or a memorable acquaintance forever etched in your mind.  The antics are hysterical and the down-to-earth dialogue within her entourage invites you into a very familiar place.  It’s called a community.

Ruby and the Booker Boys, one of Derrick Barnes’ most successful preteen series captures the essence of just being a kid in a community.  A place where everyone acts like family regardless of their family tree.  Children of all ages, and yes I’m included, are immediately captivated by her play on words and witty way of outsmarting anyone that stands in her way.  It’s easy for any reader to forget that Ruby is this pretty, brown-skinned trendsetter, because you literally take on her role and become the queen of the scene!

Ruby and the Booker Boys embrace avid and reluctant readers alike.  Whether you’re a fan of Junie B. or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, readers will easily become followers of this clairvoyant character.

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