Around the blogosphere lately, I've seen several posts about Ruby and the Booker Boys, how it wasn't selling well enough, and urging people to spread the word and spend some $$$ to keep the series going. I liked the sentiment well enough, but I hadn't ever read the series, so I was staying quiet until I could change that little fact.
Which was harder to do than I originally suspected. I pulled them off the library shelf, and had them sitting next to me on the reference desk, so I could check them out when I got off desk... but girls kept coming up and being all "Miss Jennie? Can I look at those?"
Which right away is one of the best endorsements I can give-- it took me a while to read these because the intended market kept taking them away from me so THEY could read them. I then looked up the circ stats and these books are WAY more popular than I thought. This is what I call a quiet hit. The books get checked out all the time, but the kids never ask me for them, which, let's be honest, is how I tend gauge popularity.
I finally was able to check out the first two books. Before I got a chance to read them, I found myself at a bookstore (I do try to avoid those on a regular basis, they're so bad for my budget!) So I wandered over to the children's section, where I was only able to find one copy of the third book, Slumber Party Payback.
Look for the reviews later, but after having read the first three, I ordered the fourth, Ruby Flips For Attention, and I am behind the campaign to get people to buy this series so it'll stay in print and more will come!
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