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Ruby Red by Linzi Glass

Teenage Book of the Month

Ruby Red by Linzi Glass
Published by Penguin Books, 2007

It was May 1976 and South Africa was at the height of apartheid, where the laws of segregation were strictly enforced.

Ruby’s mother Annabel is the owner of one of the most famous and controversial art galleries in Johannesburg. It is because of her recognition of artistic talent that Julian Mambasa who has up to now, worked in a dimly-lit shanty in Soweto comes to paint in their house.

Ruby can’t resist the blue-eyed Afrikaans boy who brings her the exciting rush of first love. Their friendship becomes a reason for hushed whispers and disapproving glances. Ruby herself might not see race, colour or creed – but it seems that everybody else does.

For Ruby, making some choices means letting others go. In a world where colour opens some doors and slams others shut, Ruby must find a way to follow the right path.

This beautifully produced teenage novel will captivate teenagers and adults alike.

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