Lois Ruby

8 children’s books by the writer

Lois Ruby is the author of 18 books for middle graders and teens, including "Steal Away Home," " Miriam s Well," " The Secret of Laurel Oaks," " Rebel Spirits," " Skin Deep," and "The Doll Graveyard." Her fiction runs the gamut from contemporary to historical and from realistic to paranormal. An ex-librarian, Ruby now writes full-time, in addition to speaking to bookish groups, presenting at writing workshops, and touting literacy and the joys of nourishing, thought-provoking reading in schools across the country. Ruby and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains."

Soon be Free

Lois Ruby

Soon be Free

"I ask you, why do weird things always happen to me?" Thirteen-year-old Dana Shannon is no stranger to intrigue. Not long ago she discovered a skeleton behind a wall in her family's house -- a house in Lawrence, Kansas, that ...

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Soon Be Free

Lois Ruby

Soon Be Free

Dana thought she had solved all the historical mysteries in her parents' house in Lawrence, Kansas. But now that her parents have turned the house into a bed-and-breakfast, Dana isn't so sure. Their first guests, the Burks, are a ...

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Steal Away Home

Lois Ruby

Steal Away Home

When twelve-year-old Dana Shannon starts to strip away wallpaper in her family's old house, she's unprepared for the surprise that awaits her. A hidden room -- containing a human skeleton! How did such a thing get there? And why ...

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Skin Deep

Lois Ruby

Skin Deep

An angry teenager is sucked into a gang of neo-Nazis Dan shows up on his first day at a new school with long blond hair, John Lennon glasses, and a shy grin that makes every girl in the hallway swoon ...

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This Old Man

Lois Ruby

This Old Man

A spunky young girl forms an unlikely friendship with a dying Chinese man while living in a group home For Greta, having light and carefree Hackey hanging around her mom is a lot more fun than having an ordinary dad ...

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Pig-Out Inn

Lois Ruby

Pig-Out Inn

In a new town, Dovi's family befriends a young boy who was abandoned at their restaurant Dovi Chandler collects yearbooks. She has them from all over the country: mementos of every time her parents uprooted her to a new ...

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Miriam's Well

Lois Ruby

Miriam's Well

A terminally ill teenager is forced to choose between her religion and her life Adam doesn't think much of it when Miriam faints in class. She's an oddball, a student who hardly talks, never makes eye contact, and ...

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Shanghai Shadows

Lois Ruby

Shanghai Shadows

A young girl fleeing Hitler takes refuge in Shanghai, where she learns that she must fight to survive Throughout tomboy Ilse's childhood, her mother has tried to force her to behave like a proper Austrian lady. But when Hitler ...

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