Subversive Reader Reviews: Meet Ruby (AWW2013)

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AWW2013 – Book 32

Meet Ruby

Meet Ruby: Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Penny Matthews
Childrens Historical Novel

Own book


Another of the Our Australian Girl series, this one set in Adelaide during the Great Depression. Ruby has everything any little girl could hope for – but she’s slowly becoming aware that not everyone has as much as she does. And when things take a turn for the worse, she realises that she’ll have to get used to a whole new way of living.

Although I find this time fascinating, Ruby is probably the least likable of the girls. She’s spoilt and often unthinking of other people. There are times where she demonstrates her good heart, but she’s probably one of the most realistic representations of a girl in her circumstances. I liked that she showed an interest in photography, and I’d love to see that carried through the other books. I’m very interested to see where her character will go in future books.

Like the Alice books, it’s nice to read books set outside of Sydney and Melbourne. We have such rich settings for books in Australia, places which contribute to the story as much as the characters and events. I’m still holding out for a Brisbane story though – setting it during the second world war would be particularly wonderful, with the arrival of the American soldiers, the fear of the Brisbane Line and the Battle of Brisbane. Maybe I’ll send out some good Brisbane vibes to the publishers and they can get onto that for me 🙂


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