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Club Codex (July 2024): "Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion" by K. Tempest Bradford
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Club Codex (July 2024): "Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion" by K. Tempest Bradford

Read and discuss the Andre Norton Nebula Award-winning novel
“A gulf of understanding” by Brian S. Pauls, 2024; digital illustration created using Midjourney
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Have you ever felt as though you were dreaming someone else’s dream? What if you could experience a dream of your choosing? In your dreams, you could be someone else, experience a different world from your own, and see the world through different eyes. What if you could buy dreams?

Club Codex is discussing Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion by K. Tempest Bradford in July. Due to my work demands, we’re starting this novel later than expected. Bradford received the Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction for this novel last year.

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From the Macmillan website:

“Eleven-year-old Ruby is a Black girl who loves studying insects and would do just about anything to be an entomologist, much to the grossed-out dismay of her Gramma. Ruby knows everything there is to know about insects so when she finds the weirdest bug she’s ever seen in her front yard, she makes sure no one is looking and captures it for further study.

But then Ruby realizes that the creature isn't just a regular bug. And it has promptly burned a hole through her window and disappeared. Soon, random things around the neighborhood go missing, and no one's heard from the old lady down the street for a week. Ruby and her friends will have to recover the strange bug before the feds do.”

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This book is very short, so we will spend one week on it before moving to the next novel on the list.

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I look forward to sharing ideas with each of you.

The next Club Codex selection will be Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman.

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