Little Audrey (Paperback)
|Author: Ruth White|
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|In 1948, eleven-year-old Audrey lives with her father, mother, and three younger sisters in Jewell Valley, a coal mining camp in Southwest Virginia, where her mother still mourns the death of a baby, her father goes on drinking binges on paydays, and Audrey tries to recover from the scarlet fever that has left her skinny and needing to wear glasses. *Author: White, Ruth *Publication Date: 2008/09/04 *Number of Pages: 145 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75|
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?What else would you wish for?? Daddy says. ?If you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?? |I shrug. ?Oh, I don't know. Maybe . . .? |?Maybe what?? |?For us to live better than we do.? |He does not say anything. ||
In 1948, award-winning author Ruth White lived in Jewell Valley, a coal camp nestled between the hills of southwestern Virginia, with her mother, still mourning for a baby who died four years earlier; her father, who spent the weekends and most of his pay out drinking; and her three older sisters, Audrey, Yvonne, and Eleanor. Told in Audrey's voice, this is how the author imagines Audrey's experiences during a time of great trauma for the White family - and what happened before they were able to live a better life. |||This snapshot of life in a coal camp, complete with everyday heartaches and joys - as well as stories, songs, and jokes - is Ruth White's most personal work to date.
"Details of setting and time are pitch perfect; spare, lyrical language combines skillfully with dialect...." 9/1/2008