Ruby Lee & Me
By Shannon Hitchcock
Lexile Level 590
Over-the-moon happy to have found this gem before our historical fiction unit began. Author Carolyn Coman told Shannon Hitchcock to, “Take out everything that doesn’t have your heart,” and Hitchcock heeded Coman’s sage advice. As a result, readers who read at a 590 Lexile level are treated to a book that talks to their heart and to their emotional maturity level, instead of reading a book that may be at their semantic and syntax level but has little to do with the daily challenges they face in their lives. This book is a must have for any upper elementary classroom.
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.