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.
Karen Rivers writes rich and funny novels for middle-grade readers, young adults, and the occasional grown-up. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children and a noxious-smelling dog. Visit her online at http://www.karenrivers.com and @karenrivers.
- 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!)