School Days for Ruby written by Penny Matthew
Published by Penguin Books
What an interesting storyline! Set in 1931, Ruby’s story takes the reader back to yesteryear. With clever descriptions and explanations it encourages the reader to think about a different era and how Australia was a vastly different place at that time.
Ruby’s story is one of change. She must cope with the day to day challenges and events of school, as well as a move from the city to the country, and life without her father being near. Resonating through the writing is the constant ideal of how important ‘family’ and that of ‘connectedness’ is to Ruby. The storyline challenges the reader to reflect on the fact that although times change, day to day life issues create similar patterns and obstacles from generation to generation, for example friendships and relationships.
Ruby’s story is one of resilience and one that shows that through a determined nature it is possible to be a strong and supportive person. How Ruby copes and how she manages to develop through her periods of transition and change makes an interesting read.
CKT Book Reviewer