By Linda Urban
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Younger Teens
For Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug. That’s how everything is supposed to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby’s wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?
This was an interesting read. I liked it better than Hound Dog True. Ruby was an interesting character - I really wanted her to be happy. I think children will really relate to this story because when I was a kid, I remember wanting wishes to come true so badly. I knew that magic wasn’t real but I desperately wanted it to be. I wished for things that I knew probably weren’t possible any other way. I also appreciated the fact that Ruby was such a good reader! And on a completely different note, wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a town whose legacy was donuts?! Yum.