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Sequoyah Children's Award Winner
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Children’s Award Winner:
Lois Ruby, The Doll Graveyard

Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00PM

Lois RubyLois Ruby snuck in the back door as a writer for young people. That is, she was a Young Adult librarian for the Dallas Public Library, and after reading a thousand or so books in her department, she decided she could write the stories herself. Why not? Her first book was published in 1977. Since then, eighteen more have seen print, and she’s only volunteering as a librarian these days. Her time is divided among her family, research, writing, and visiting schools to energize children, teens, and teachers about the joys of reading and the ideas in books for young readers. She visits scores of schools a year and offers workshops for teens and adults on the craft of writing. Her novel, Steal Away Home, has been part of the Civil War curriculum in Georgia for the past six years, and so Lois has visited hundreds of Georgia schools, along with a slew of schools in Oklahoma, where she’s thrilled to say that her last book won the 2017 Sequoyah Medal.

She shares her life with her psychologist husband, Dr. Tom Ruby, and their three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven brilliant grandchildren. Raised in California and seasoned in Texas and Kansas (which she considers home), Lois succumbed to the allure of New Mexico’s ever-changing mountains and resettled in Albuquerque. She loves writing and can get lost for days in her office, where her husband bravely checks in every so often to toss her a bone. Her most interesting gig was teaching a summer creative writing class on an adolescent psychiatric unit – which resulted in welcoming a foster son to the family.

Lois’s new book, The Secret Grave, was published in June of 2017. Please visit her woefully outdated Website at or e-mail her at

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