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Children's Fiction Siblings

Finding Ruby Starling

by (author) Karen Rivers

Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Aug 2014
Siblings, Adoption, Computers
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
  • CD-Audio

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9


The Parent Trap comes to the digital age in this delightful new novel by the author of The Encyclopedia of Me.


When Ruth Quayle used a special app to search for pictures of herself online, she found dozens of images of "Ruth Quayle" -- and one of "Ruby Starling."When Ruby Starling gets a message from a Ruth Quayle proclaiming them to be long-lost twin sisters, she doesn't know what to do with it -- until another message arrives the day after, and another one. It could be a crazy stalker ... but she and this Ruth do share a birthday, and a very distinctive ear.... Ruth is an extroverted American girl. Ruby is a shy English one. As they investigate the truth of their birth and the circumstances of their separation, they also share lives full of friends, family, and possible romances -- and they realize they each may be the sister the other never knew she needed.Written entirely in e-mails, letters, Tumblr entries, and movie scripts, Finding Ruby Starling is the funny and poignant companion to Karen Rivers's The Encyclopedia of Me.

About the author

Karen Rivers is the author of numerous novels, mostly for young adults. Her books have been nominated for a number of awards, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the Silver Birch Award. Karen has a BA in International Relations, which makes her an asset on any trivia team that emphasizes global politics in the late 1980s or early 1990s. As a lifelong hypochondriac, she once thought she'd be a doctor but realizes now that writing is a much more sensible career choice as it allows enough time to research symptoms on Google without having to actually go to medical school. Karen lives, reads and writes in a yellow house near the beach in Victoria, British Columbia, and can almost always be found online at

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  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Excerpt: Finding Ruby Starling (by (author) Karen Rivers)

Dear Ruby Starling, I'm not stalking you. And the pics are the proof that I'm not crazy. Although it might be hard to tell that I'm not crazy from that first one. Don't be afraid! That stain on my shirt is just ketchup. (My BFF, Jedgar Johnston, and I were making our first-ever movie, "Zippy The Zombie Squirrel," an animated-horror film that was both totes hysterically funny and totes terrifying. You can watch it on YouTube! And judge for yourself!)

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Encyclopedia of Me:"Rivers has created a warm, funny, fast-paced story about an endearing middle schooler who keeps her cool and sense of humor when events spin out of control." -- School Library Journal, starred review"Cleverly woven through the titular encyclopedia . . . is the touchingly real and often humorous story of a preteen's struggles with family, friendship and first love." -- Kirkus Reviews "Tink's first-person narrative is vibrant and exuberantly opinionated, whether she is describing life with her hairless cat or pondering the meaning of her first kiss." -- Publishers Weekly

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