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The Ruby Lu Collection

Ruby Lu, Brave and True; Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything; Ruby Lu, Star of the Show

Part of Ruby Lu
Illustrated by Stef Choi

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About The Book

Discover all three books in this “effervescent and charming” (Booklist) chapter book series about Ruby Lu, a spunky Chinese American elementary schooler whose hijinks rival Ramona Quimby’s—now together in a collectible paperback boxed set!

Meet Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, President of the Plum Tree Club, and star of Ruby’s Magic Madness, the best backyard magic show on 20th Avenue South! Whether she’s learning Cantonese, teaching her baby brother magic tricks, being the best Smile Buddy ever for her cousin, or facing the dangers of swimming lessons, Ruby Lu is always brave and true, and her life is a grand adventure.

This irrepressible boxed set includes paperback editions of:
Ruby Lu, Brave and True
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
Ruby Lu, Star of the Show

About The Author

Photo courtesy of the author

Lenore Look is the author of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, an ALA Notable Book, as well as its sequels, Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything and Ruby Lu, Star of the Show. Her picture books include Love as Strong as Ginger, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson; Henry’s First-Moon Birthday; and Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding, both illustrated by Yumi Heo. She lives in Hong Kong.

About The Illustrator

Stef Choi illustrated the Ruby Lu series by Lenore Look, and her work has been featured in the books Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi and Art of Boxtrolls by Philip Brotherton. She has worked as a character designer and illustrator in animation since 2002 at studios such as Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and LAIKA. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Why We Love It

“Ruby Lu is a spunky, loveable Chinese American heroine whose adventures will be a hit with fans of classic chapter book series like Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Ramona Quimby.”

—Sophia J., Associate Editor, on The Ruby Lu Collection

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 19, 2022)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665911566
  • Ages: 6 - 10

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Raves and Reviews

"Funny and charming . . . [Ruby Lu is] full of joie de vivre."

– School Library Journal on RUBY LU, BRAVE AND TRUE

"Meet Ruby Lu, an eight-year-old Asian-American girl for whom the adjectives 'spunky' or 'spirited' seem too tame--she's effervescent, rambunctious, even occasionally precocious. . . . Ruby Lu's exuberant embrace of all the new experiences her world offers is infectious."

– Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on RUBY LU, BRAVE AND TRUE

*Starred Review* "With exuberant impulsivity yet earnest introspection, Ruby Lu invites readers into a contemporary world that honors differences while ultimately celebrating universal moments of childhood–friendship, school, and self-realization."

– School Library Journal on RUBY LU, EMPRESS OF EVERYTHING, starred review

“Effervescent and charming.”

– Booklist on RUBY LU, STAR OF THE SHOW

“[Ruby has a] Ramona-like talent for getting into trouble. . . Ruby and her family, along with cousin Flying Duck and the rest of the 20th Avenue Plum Club, are as comfortably familiar—and entertaining—as ever.” 

– The Horn Book on RUBY LU, STAR OF THE SHOW

“Although the overall tone is lighthearted, Look provides some real insight into the struggles a family faces when its main breadwinner is out of work, and she resists providing an easy resolution. Fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine and Katy Kelly’s Lucy Rose should definitely meet Ruby Lu.” 

– Kirkus Reviews on RUBY LU, STAR OF THE SHOW

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