A fast paced adventure story that you won’t want to put down – Ruby Lane by R J Simon is a brand new quirky tale for young readers.
Ruby, our main adventurer is a wonderfully creative thinker – who just can’t stop thinking! She has a wild imagination and would much rather be up through the night creating things instead of sleeping!
Luckily it is school holidays and Ruby is off to her Grandma’s for a week of excitement. She hops on the ferry but due to her late night antics she nods off until the ferry pulls into the wharf near her Grandma’s home. Ruby begins her walk but soon discovers a cat that talks like a pirate and talking lemons – certainly not the usual things she finds on the way to grandmas! The pirate cat convinces her to help him return a very special book to the great Poet Gerry and she agrees.
From here the reader is taken on a very magical, fun, weird and crazy adventure all over the island. She meets many intriguing creatures along the way as she helps Pirate Cat on his quest.
Ruby Lane is a very fast paced book and although Ruby is at first portrayed as someone who can’t slow down, she is a very clear thinker who is not only brave but kind.
You’ll love the quirkiness of Pirate Cat – but be warned he does talk in pirate lingo throughout the whole novel so for those of you who don’t think you can handle more than one ‘me hearty’ you might struggle a bit.
Only someone with a vivid imagination and fun filled ideas could create a book like this. R.J.Simon has used so many different ideas to bring this story, the magical land and it’s characters to life.
I had lots of fun reading this story and was endlessly surprised by what happened next!
So what else can you do with this story?
Read it out loud – see if any children can relate to Ruby – her creative thinking and endless imagination. Recall a time when you had a wonderful idea that wouldn’t let you sleep!
Learn how to speak like a pirate. Wednesday 19th September is International talk like a pirate day!
Draw a map of the island. What do you think it looks like?
Ruby meets so many amazing characters in this story. Do they have anything in common with each other? Do they all have anything in common with Ruby?
Numbat’s used to inhabit the southern part of Australia, including Western Australia, South Australia and parts of New South Wales but now they are only found naturally in pockets of South Western Australia.
Key reasons as to why these cute banded animals are endangered is because of cats, foxes and loss of habitat due to land clearing for mining and farming.
There are currently only around 1000 numbats left in Australia.
So how can you make a difference for these diurnal marsupials?
We have read Possum Magic by Mem Fox many many times but at the moment it is taking on a little bit more meaning.
We have a resident possum and her baby living in our cubby house. Even though this may sound cute, the reasons they are there are heartbreaking.
– The mother has huge gashes on her body either from a fellow possum fighting for a tree or from a cat – and there are way too many cats who roam our neighbourhood at night.
– They have not been able to find a new tree due to the many trees that have been cut down in our area due to recent development.
– Our chickens are not very welcoming pets and they did not like the possum and her baby living in their coop.
We tried to build a possum box but she just didn’t move to it. We placed it at the right height, put fruit, old fur and poo in it but she just found the pretend oven in the cubby house more inviting.
We hope that her mother has some invisibility tips for young hush as I am just not sure how well they will go with so many cats around.
Australia – we need to take more ownership of these so called pets. If you have a cat please lock it up at night, place a bell and collar around it’s neck (even if it is chipped) and provide stimulation for it at home. Check out the PETA website – they are against cruelty to animals and even they suggest keeping your cat indoors – that says a lot to me.
I’m drafting up several letters to send to councillors and I am going to be pushing this issue. If they can rid the national park near us of foxes, surely they can bring in tougher laws for cats.