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Weeping Willow

Ruth White

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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

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Weeping Willow
ONE I rolled over and opened my eyes and a sudden thrill went through me. It was like the rush you get in the movies when the cavalry comes charging over the horizon blowing their bugles to save the settlers. Something wonderful was going to happen today. I could feel it.It was real early on my first day of high school in the fall of 1956. I got up, careful not to wake my half sister, Phyllis, and tiptoed out into the hall, and into the bathroom. Nobody could have heard me, but as soon as I started running water the whole house came alive. The next thing I knew, Vern, my stepfather,
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Praise for Weeping Willow

[A] "trenchant tale of a girl's coming-of-age in the late 1950s. Written in crackling hill-country vernacular, by turns funny, tender, sweet and sad, this is a moving testament to the power and resiliency of the spirit." --Starred, Publishers Weekly
 
"Beautifully written, heartwarming, and--ultimately--joyous."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Her voice is strong, and the setting of the novel is rich in regional detail."
--School Library Journal
 
"The sweep of the novel is admirable -- four years, countless characters -- as is the rhythm of a slower and more innocent time."
--The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ruth White

  • Ruth White is the author of Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book, and Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Ruth White Photo by Beth Agresta
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Weeping Willow

Ruth White

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Re, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Young Adult Choices, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
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