When the world lost Nelson Mandela recently, one of our staff was reading a book by Linzi Glass called RUBY RED. It just so happened she thought the book was part of another series, but once she started it, she couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. How appropriate to be reading about young people in Johannesburg and Soweto when our thoughts were on a man who fought so hard for his country and race relations.
Goodreads has this description on Glass’ book:
In Ruby Winters’ world, colour opens some doors and slams others shut. Her opulent Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from the streets of Soweto where anger and hatred simmer under the surface. Ruby can’t resist the blue-eyed Afrikaans boy who brings her the exciting rush of first love, but whose presence brings hushed whispers and disapproving glances. She might not see race, colour or creed—but it seems everybody else does. This dazzling novel will entrance teenage and adult readers alike.
This book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2008, and our staff member highly recommends it. “This should be required reading for all young people. How lucky we are to live in a country like Canada,” she said.
If you’re looking for something to read, or a highly recommended different book for that young reader in your life at Christmas, why not pick this one up? It might be an eye-opener.