Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Int his sweet story, based on real life, little Ruby has one great wish - to attend a university. She lives in a traditional Chinese family, led by a man who returned wealthy from the gold fields of California to marry many wives and father a great many children. Unusually, he hires a teacher for all of his grandchildren, including the girls, but still they are expected to marry.
Ruby's grandfather is kind and wise as well as adventurous. Ruby dreams and grieves but is obedient to her family's wishes. In the end, she is greatly rewarded, and so are we by this beautiful book. The illustrations are a delight, full of the red Ruby loves to wear.