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Meet Diana Noughton

14 Oct

Diana Noughton, fourteen, is Ruby’s archenemy. Simpering sweet to adults, teachers and friends, Diana is simply horrible to Ruby. She finds any excuse to “accidentally” kick or trip Ruby and far, far worse. With other kids, Diana can be competitive and bossy, but with Ruby, she’s just plain evil.

Ruby is mystified by Diana’s hatred for her and it’s a mystery that Ruby intends to solve… some day.

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Meet Hailey Skye

14 Oct

Hailey Skye ponders the matterHailey Skye  is Ruby’s 13-year old little sister and roommate. Whose insane idea was that?  Was it a cruel joke to force them to share a room?  Or their parents just have a sick sense of humour?

It doesn’t really matter to the girls…they hate it.   What their lives lack in privacy, they more than make up for in fighting.

Ruby & Hailey walkingThere are times when it seems like the Skye Sisters have nothing in common.  Hailey is Galinda to Ruby’s Elphaba.

Hailey is popular. Ruby is an outsider. Hailey is neat.  Ruby is messy.  Hailey is an A student. Ruby has more important things to think about. Hailey is a picky eater.  Ruby will try anything…once. Hailey loves Broadway show tunes. Ruby loves rock and roll.  Hailey loves shopping.  Ruby hates it.

Hailey at MailboxBut the sisters do have some things in common. They both are obsessive and stubborn.  It’s just that Ruby’s obsession is focused entirely on solving mysteries while Hailey spreads her obsessions around.  One week it’s musicals, the next it’s an environmental cause.  But just like Ruby, whatever Hailey does, she does it big.

Hailey is a computer genius and web wizard. She can find any piece of information that’s out there on the web, infiltrate any computer and basically bend technology to her will. You may know Hailey’s web series, Hailey Hacks.  Ruby may have to beg, bribe or blackmail Hailey, but somehow she always manages to get Hailey to do whatever computer work she needs done for her investigations.Sister Skye laugh and hug

Hailey can be a great ally for Ruby, but then she can turn around stab her in the back.  They have an explosive relationship, but when the sisters come together they are a powerhouse.

Meet Griffin Lane

14 Oct

Griffin Lane headshotGriffin Lane is Ruby’s best friend, biggest fan and reluctant sidekick.

They’ve been inseparable since senior kindergarten.  Five-year-old Griffin was mystified because his chocolate chip granola bars were disappearing from his lunch bag every day.  Ruby solved the mystery for him.

First, she noticed that Griffin never took the time to zip closed the top of his Bob the Builder lunch bag before he threw it in his cubby at school.  Next she noticed that when he threw it in the cubby, it landed face down. Griffin Gary Ruby at the Big Chill Finally, she found a stash of a dozen granola bars wedged between Griffin’s cubby and the one next to it. As the two shared the feast, a friendship was born.

Griffin loves Lady Gaga, video games, mint chocolate chip at The Big Chill, playing soccer and hockey.  He’s not crazy about mystery and he hates it when Ruby drags him into an investigation.Griffin and Ruby investigating

Griffin is sensible and cautious.  He likes to think things through and consider the consequences before he does something.  But Ruby doesn’t give him time to think and there is no point talking to her once she has her mind set on things.

And speaking of talking, it’s not something Griffin does a whole lot of.  And when he gets angry?  He clams up entirely.Ruby and Griffin best friends

But he admires Ruby.  He thinks she’s smart and great company.  They’ve been hanging around together for so long that it’s just easy and comfortable.  Besides, Ruby always laughs at his jokes.

Griffin is incredibly loyal to Ruby.  He’ll back her 100% — even when he knows she’s wrong. Which –sadly — happens to be quite a lot of the time.Griffin and Ruby share a laugh

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