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Ruby in the Ruins by Shirley Hughes

Ruby in the Ruins by Shirley Hughes

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RUSSELL SAID - Russell really liked this picture book. He thought it was nicely drawn and he enjoyed reading about Ruby and her Dad. The story made him think of his own family.

WE SAY - This is a powerful and positive book from one of our greatest children’s authors, about rebuilding lives and relationships after WW2. It is a story that resonates with current world events and provides a message of hope that should inspire our children today.


“Set in the aftermath of the London Blitz and VE Day, Hughes takes an evocative look at the ruins of post-war London and how the conflicts impact on family life. The relationship between Ruby and her father, newly returned from war, is particularly poignant and well-drawn.” The Bookseller

“The book paints a wonderful picture of a child's life in post-war London, and celebrates the love of a family.” Parents In Touch

“Hughes’s drawings brilliantly evoke the gaiety of VE Day street parties (“the delicious sandwiches, cake and even chocolate biscuits!”) against the eerily derelict streets in the aftermath of the Blitz.” The Telegraph

“Heart-warming and with plenty to think about - from post-war Britain, to separated families and adapting to change, this is a wonderful read for children.” Julia Wills, Carousel

About the Author

Shirley Hughes has won the Kate Greenaway Medal and the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for her services to children’s literature.

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