Monday, February 11, 2008

Way Down Deep, by Ruth White

In the Appalachian town of Way Down Deep, twelve-year old Ruby lives in a boarding house called The Roost with Miss Arbutus who took in the red-headed girl as a toddler when she appeared one day on the Courthouse steps. The small town is loaded with personality and personalities from a goat named Jethro to Mr. and Mrs. Doctor and Granny Butler who lives in a house Way Up That-a-Way. The mystery of Ruby's family and how she came to Way Down Deep begins to unravel when a family moves into town from Yonder Mountain. This is a warm-hearted, funny story about the mysteries of family with a bit of magical realism.

Grades 4-6

2 comments:

croneh said...

I'll second this quiet little tale of how one bubbly little person can change the lives of many. Way Down Deep is full of southern charm and hospitality. Even the cussing is politely accomplished, bless their hearts!

A. Barbee said...

I love Ruth White's characters, sense of humor, and story. The title is not only the name of the town but the way White describes how the characters have to look inside themselves to discover"where all the answers lie".