the ruby notebook
This year, Zeeta continues her adventures in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence, where she encounters captivating street performers, age-old secrets, and mysteries of love. Second in the Notebooks trilogy.
Ages 11 & up, Delacorte/Random House, 2010, available as hardcover, paperback, and ebook.
Colorado Book Award Finalist
* "Weaving bits of magic, city lore and bittersweet romance into each of the many plot lines, Resau has again crafted a complex and satisfying novel that is both a mystery and a tender, wise meditation on love and self-identity. Characters are rich and vibrant, each of them bringing their own past to bear on the story at hand. Readers will want to read the first before starting this one and will likely be clamoring for the third, the groundwork for which is nicely set up here." --Kirkus, STARRED
"Beautiful imagery and seamless inclusion of French words and phrases (complete with a pronunciation guide in the back) paint a perfectly believable setting. The second of Zeeta's adventures, this book stands easily on its own. Full of adventure, romance, mystery, and a bit of mysticism, this is an enchanting story perfect for Francophiles and those with wanderlust." --Children's Literature
"Anyone who enjoys detailed settings and thoughtful narratives will be rewarded with this story." -- School Library Journal
"Once again, Resau adds shimmering dimensions of magic realism; here, underground springs fabled to bestow immortality are an undercurrent to both the city and the story." --Booklist
You can read about my research process in France and see pics here.
You can read about my inspiration for The Ruby Notebook and see pics here.
You can read an interview on writing the Notebooks series here.
You can read a recap of The Ruby Notebook book launch and see pics here.
Here you can read my essay on how living in France opened up a new world of food for me.
You can read an interview about the first two Notebooks on the Sarah Laurence Mother-Daughter Blog.