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Ruth White

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Newbery Honor Book

Ruth White was born and raised in the 1940s and 1950s in and around the coal-mining town of Whitewood, Virginia.
"My fondest memories are of playing in the hills and creeks, and of family read-alouds, which we had almost every day. Before I started school, I knew that I would be a writer someday, and I never wavered from that goal. What I did not know was that I would be writing about those days in which I was living. I had visions of stories involving princesses and swashbuckling heroes, lovesick cowgirls and faraway places with strange-sounding names. It was only after I grew up and away from the Appalachian region that I realized what a wealth of unique story material I had stored up in my memories during those early years, and therein lay my greatest asset as a writer."
"My sisters and I were not only avid readers but also great mimics. We had no television, but we had the movie theaters close by, and we were privileged to see the latest movies from Hollywood, which we would later act out to one another. We would write down all the lines we could remember from a good movie and learn them for our own entertainment. We also picked up every song that came along and developed a remarkable repertoire of folk, country, blue-grass, spiritual, and popular music. To this day we know the words to thousands of forgotten songs. We are a wealth of music trivia! I often use the lyrics of some of these songs in my books."
"Upon graduation from high school, I had a rare

BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Memories of Summer

Ruth White

By the author of the Newbery Honor book Belle Prater's BoyIt is the mid-1950s, and Lyrics familys dream is finally coming true -- they are moving from the backwoods of southwest...

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Sweet Creek Holler

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Spanning six years in Ginny Shortt's life, this is a remarkable novel about growing up in a small mining town in Appalachia. A "novel of aspiring proportions...This is a haunting story, well...

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Weeping Willow

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Tiny Lambert struggles to find security and happiness when her high school years are marred after her stepfather rapes her.

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Tadpole

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A funny and moving story set in KentuckyIt’s the beginning of summer 1955, and though her family is struggling financially, Carolina’s mama still indulges her four daughters’...

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