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“Audrey’s voice is so vivid and believable that we see this world through her eyes, with her delicate mixture of innocence and experience . . . all the more poignant knowing that the real-life Audrey was the author’s oldest sister, and this is her own family story—lovingly and unsentimentally rendered.” —Newsday
“White offers a heartfelt story of what it’s like to be poor, hungry, and sometimes happy. . . . Fierce in its honesty. . . . The first-person narrative allows readers to see clearly, through Audrey’s damaged eyes, the real people who inhabit this world, a place where smiles come from a movie or a piece of candy, and how hunger or the fear of its taints everything. A tough, tender story.” —Starred, Booklist“Characters are carefully drawn and nuanced . . . . A little gem.” —Starred, School Library Journal“White’s precise words bring every character fully to life. Though the real Audrey died in 1993, she shines in these pages—a beautiful, quiet heroine who takes on the burden of remembering.” —Kirkus Reviews “Gritty details and hill-country vernacular skillfully evoke a sad, hardscrabble life.” —Publishers Weekly“It’s got an immediacy and impact that should appeal to readers just getting the hang of family sagas.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The setting is perfectly portrayed and the characterizations ring true.” —VOYA
RUTH WHITE is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater’s Boy and, most recently, Way Down Deep, a Booklist Editors’ Choice. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, Booklinks Lasting Connection, Booklist Editors' Choice, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List
Lexile: 630LAR Quiz Number: 100512 ENAR Book Level: 5.9AR Points: 9