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The Treasure of Way Down Deep

The Treasure of Way Down Deep

Ruth White

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When Ruby Jolene Hurley sees the shadow of her dead pet goat Jethro dancing on his grave, that's the first hint that something strange is going on in Way Down Deep. Then on Halloween night, Miss Arbutus senses an evil wind blowing into town, and bad things start to happen. The coal mine shuts down, one hundred men lose their jobs, and all of Way Down feels the pinch. Ruby thinks the answer to their problems is the treasure that Archibald Ward, the town's founder, supposedly buried more than two hundred years ago. Most people say the treasure is just a myth, but Ruby is determined to prove the naysayers wrong and save the day.

The Treasure of Way Down Deep by Ruth White is the charming middle grade sequel to Way Down Deep.

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It was Saturday, October 2, 1954, in Way Down Deep, West Virginia, and Ruby Jolene Hurley was celebrating her thirteenth birthday. It was a crisp autumn day, and the sky was a deep blue with a few puffy white clouds floating...

Praise for The Treasure of Way Down Deep

“The quirky crowd from Way Down Deep returns in this sweet sequel.” —Booklist

“Both fable and mystery, Way Down Deep is simply irresistible, as plucky orphan Ruby June searches for the secret of her past, deeply entwined with an entire community worthy of Dickens. Funny, sweet, and filled with the heart's own truths, this is the best book yet from the queen of Appalachian storytelling.” —Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill and Fair and Tender Ladies, on 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.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on Way Down Deep

“At the heart of the story are profound questions that readers will enjoy puzzling out.” —Booklist, Starred Review on Way Down Deep

“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 on Way Down Deep

“Has its own memorable charm.” —The Horn Book on Way Down Deep

“White's humor is wise and gentle. . . . Goats, children, readers, disappointed old men, and crotchety old women--all find a warm welcome in Way Down Deep.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on Way Down Deep

“Ruth White . . . narrates in a voice that is not condescending by wryly knowing, as if she's Flannery O'Connor for the younger set.” —Chicago Tribune on Way Down Deep

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“The quirky crowd from Way Down Deep returns in this sweet sequel.” —Booklist

“Both fable and mystery, Way Down Deep is simply irresistible, as plucky orphan Ruby June searches for the secret of her past, deeply entwined with an entire community worthy of Dickens. Funny, sweet, and filled with the heart's own truths, this is the best book yet from the queen of Appalachian storytelling.” —Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill and Fair and Tender Ladies, on 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.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on Way Down Deep

“At the heart of the story are profound questions that readers will enjoy puzzling out.” —Booklist, Starred Review on Way Down Deep

“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 on Way Down Deep

“Has its own memorable charm.” —The Horn Book on Way Down Deep

“White's humor is wise and gentle. . . . Goats, children, readers, disappointed old men, and crotchety old women--all find a warm welcome in Way Down Deep.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on Way Down Deep

“Ruth White . . . narrates in a voice that is not condescending by wryly knowing, as if she's Flannery O'Connor for the younger set.” —Chicago Tribune on Way Down Deep

“Peopled with delightfully quirky characters, this short novel caputres the authentic cadences of Appalachia.” —VOYA on Way Down Deep

“You easily fall in love with the little town of Way Down Deep.” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader on Way Down Deep

“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 on Way Down Deep

“This is one of my favorite books--I felt like I was really in Way Down Deep.” —A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader on Way Down Deep

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Ruth White

Ruth White has written many middle grade and young adult books. Her books include Way Down Deep, The Treasure of Way Down Deep, A Month of Sundays, The Search for Belle Prater, and Belle Prater's Boy. She received the Newbery Honor Award for Belle Prater's Boy. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

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