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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rachel Ruiz  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: in

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Illinois Connection

Ruiz lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rachel Ruiz was inspired to write her first children's book, When Penny Met POTUS, after spending 2012 working for President Barack Obama on his re-election campaign. After a long day at the office, Rachel was greeted by her inquisitive 3-year-old daughter, who asked her questions like, Did you have lunch with POTUS today? Is he allergic to peanut butter? Does he like to wear red socks? The list goes on! When the 3 year old met POTUS at a campaign rally, the inspiration for this book was born. For the past 20 years, she's worked as a TV writer and producer, most recently for Oprah Winfrey. She lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband and their daughter.

Published Works

    Stand Alone Books
  • When Penny Met POTUS, Capstone Young Readers, 2017Leaders Doing Headstands Series
  • When Hillary Rodham Clinton Played Ice Hockey, Picture Window Books, 2017
  • When Rosa Parks Went Fishing, Picture Window Books, 2017Superhero Harry
  • The Superhero Project, Picture Window Books, 2017
  • The Wild Field Trip, Picture Window Books, 2017
  • The Recess Bully, Picture Window Books, 2017
  • The Runaway Robot, Picture Window Books, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

When Penny met POTUS /
ISBN: 1623707587. OCLC Number:

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Penny knows that her mother works for somebody called the POTUS, but she does not know what that means, and the odd name seems to her to imply some kind of friendly monster.

When Hillary Rodham Clinton played ice hockey /
ISBN: 1515815773. OCLC Number:

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has always dreamed big ... and achieved big too. But she didn't become the greatest woman in US political history overnight. She was a kid first-organizing neighborhood carnivals, playing backyard ice hockey, and writing NASA to volunteer for astronaut training. This story shows readers the fun, fears, and challenges young Hillary had and enourages them to find their own strengths and dream big.

When Rosa Parks went fishing /
ISBN: 1515815781. OCLC Number:

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No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement is complete without the story of Rosa Parks. But what was this activist like as a child? Following young Rosa from a fishing creek to a one-room schoolhouse, from her wearing homemade clothes to wondering what "white" water tastes like, readers will be inspired by the experiences that shaped one of the most famous African-Americans in history.

The superhero project /
ISBN: 1479598623. OCLC Number:

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Second-grader Harry, who loves superheroes and thinks he knows all about them, misunderstands a school assignment and presents a new a superhero invention to his class.

The wild field trip /
ISBN: 1479598615. OCLC Number:

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While on a school field trip to the zoo, Harry accidentally allows the monkeys to escape their habitat, and he thinks he can fix the mess using one of his superhero inventions.

The recess bully /
ISBN: 1479598607. OCLC Number:

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The new student in Harry's second grade class is ruining recess by being a bully--can one of Harry's superhero inventions help him befriend the bully and save recess?

The runaway robot /
ISBN: 1479598550. OCLC Number:

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Harry's latest invention--a Superhero Robot programmed to do chores--malfunctions, and the robot goes out of control, creating chaos at school.


When Penny Met POTUS

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

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