Although Ruby seemed to just appear out of thin air on the steps of the courthouse on the first day of summer in 1944, no one in Way Down Deep, West Virginia, ever worried too much about where the toddler came from. They figured that if Ruby's people were dumb enough to lose something as valuable as a child, then that was their problem. So even though Ruby can't help but wonder where she came from, she has led a joyful and carefree life in Way Down Deep, loved and watched over by Miss Arbutus – proprietor of The Roost, the local boardinghouse – the residents of The Roost, and the rest of the town. But when Ruby is twelve, a new family moves to Way Down Deep, and they inadvertently provide enough clues about Ruby's past that she is able to find her own people. Ruby travels from Way Down Deep to the top of Yonder Mountain to learn who she really is – only to find that she is bound to Way Down Deep by something even stronger than family ties: love.
With a touch of fairy-tale magic and a lot of heart, Ruth White explores just what it is that makes a place truly home.
Way Down Deep is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Butler Center - Kinship Project Winner, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Missouri Mark Twain Award Master List, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction MS Readers, Lamplighter Award (National Christian Schools Association), Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Booklist Editors' Choice, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, PA Carolyn W. Field Award, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA)
From Way Down Deep
When Miss Arbutus and Ruby grew weary, Ruby would go to her cozy room, which Miss Arbutus had decorated for her in ruffled yellow and white, with purple pansies embroidered on her curtains and pillow shams.
Praise for Way Down Deep
“A tale of magical beginnings and the everyday magic of an ordinary place populated by a colorful cast of characters worthy of Dickens. A story to love.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Captivating and thoughtful on many levels, White's novel offers humor, mystery, and a feel-good ending that a multitude of readers will find satisfying ‘way down deep.' ” —School Library Journal
“You easily fall in love with the little town of Way Down Deep.” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“This book has a great plot. I love the small hometown-feeling of the story and all of the characters . . . this book was great!” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
“This is one of my favorite books --I felt like I was really in Way Down Deep..” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader