The day is just beginning and the tide is out when Rory, Scruff McDuff and their best ever friend Ruby make a surprising discovery on Sandy Bay beach. It isn’t the moon knocked out of the sky. It isn’t a golf ball. And it definitely isn’t something to eat… A magical story that celebrates the fun of friendship and playing at the seaside. Rory, star of the popular Rory Stories picture book series is back! He’s a little bit older and wiser and he has a new friend, Ruby. Together with Rory’s loyal dog Scruff McDuff, they’re set for lots of fresh fun in the new series of Rory & Ruby Adventures, helped and sometimes hindered by familiar faces and great new characters. Launched in 1999, the Rory Stories was one of Scotland’s most successful picture book series over the next 10 years, with fans ranging from pre-school children to early readers. Written by Alison Caldwell and illustrated by Anne Kenmure, the new series of Rory & Ruby Adventures echoes the magical blend of fantasy, fun and the joy of playing on the beach that captured hearts first time around. Friendship is the theme of the first book in the series, Sandy Bay Surprise.