Sweet Creek Holler

Ruth White

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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 written." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A "triumph." --The New York Times Book Review

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Sweet Creek Holler
Part One1When I--Virginia Carol Shortt--was just six my daddy was killed. My sister, June Marie, who was nine, read me all about it in the newspaper. It said my daddy, Jed Shortt, a coal miner for the Clancy Valley Coal Company, was shot in the back and the bullet came out under his arm. It said the man who shot him, Donald Struthers, was arrested and charged with "man's laughter." That's how Junie read it--man's laf-ter. When I asked Mama, who knew everything, what man's laughter was, she said, "It's not man's laughter, Gin-Gin, it's man-slaw-ter, and it means murder.

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"'Sweet Creek Holler' is a ... triumph."
--The New York Times
 
"White ... evokes the place with both broad strokes and subtle details."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"The easily-read narrative catches readers in both the quaintness and universality of events."
--School Library Journal

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CHILDREN'S BOOKS; VERY TOUGH GINNY - New York Times
SWEET CREEK HOLLER By Ruth White. 215 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $13.95. (Ages 12 and up)Ruth White's second novel, ''Sweet Creek Holler,'' begins like this: ''When I - Virginia
- The New York Times


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Ruth White

Ruth White is the author of many novels, including the Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater’s Boy and its sequel, The Search for Belle Prater, as well as Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Ms. White lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429952750
ISBN10: 142995275X
Middle-Grade Fiction228 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$7.99
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