The Center of EverythingeBook - 2013
Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List For Ruby Pepperdine, the "center of everything" is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be -- until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish -- unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby's wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?
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Everything hinges on Ruby getting this right. Today, after all, is Bunning Day, the most important day in Bunning, New Hampshire. It’s the day she’ll get up and read her award winning essay in front of everybody. And in that moment she’ll be able to make everything right with her best friend Lucy and her new friend Nero. They’ll forgive her. And that wish she made on her birthday, the one that is destined to come true . . . well, that’s a given, isn’t it? Trouble is, even the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go horribly awry. It’s Bunning Day. Ruby has her notecards in her hands. The parade has begun. Something is going to happen.
Don't confuse this with Linda Moriarty's very good adult book with the same title, though both are about struggling young girls. This one is about 12 yr. olf Ruby Pepperdine who is struggling with the death of her grandmother and misunderstandings between friends.
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“What if there is no supposed to? What if there is no one way things are meant to be? What if it all is just random and spinny and wild?”
“In third grade she figured out that if you put your hand up in class when everyone else did, you probably wouldn’t get called on, but you also probably wouldn’t get called on when nobody put their hand up either. Teachers mostly picked the kids who never put their hands up . . . ”
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