Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I've been away on vacation and had a nice surprise when I got home. A sixth grader in Ohio had sent a letter telling me how much she loved RUBY LEE & ME. She had even included a braided yarn bookmark, which I'll put to good use.

Below is a copy of the reply I mailed off:

Dear Alyssa,

Thank you for writing to let me know how much you enjoyed RUBY LEE & ME and for the braided yarn bookmark.

I grew up on a farm like Sarah Beth. I hope you got a chance to look at the photos of my family in the back of the book. I know you didn’t like the part where Ruby wouldn’t answer Sarah’s letter, but Sarah had called her a really mean name. Words matter. Some kids wouldn’t have forgiven Sarah, not ever, but Ruby had a big heart.

I’m enclosing two RUBY LEE & ME bookmarks, one for you, and one for a friend.

Have a great summer!

Shannon Hitchcock

Corresponding with kids about topics that matter is one of the best parts of my job!