Little Audrey / Ruth White.

By: White, Ruth, 1942-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008Edition: 1st edISBN: 9780374345808 (alk. paper); 0374345805 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Country life -- Virginia -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Virginia -- Juvenile fiction | Coal miners -- Juvenile fiction | Poor -- Juvenile fiction | Death -- Juvenile fiction | Virginia -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction.DDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.W58446 | Li 2008Summary: 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.
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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.

Ages 10 and up.

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Gr 4-7-In the voice of her sister Audrey at age 11, White has created a fictionalized memoir of her life as a child in a Virginia coal mining camp. It is 1948, and the family is living in grinding poverty with an alcoholic father and a mother who suffers periods of depression. School bullies torment Audrey, calling her Skeleton Girl (her weight "fell off" during a bout of scarlet fever), and dare her to climb the water tank at night and walk around the perimeter. Shining through the gloom are Audrey's friendship with classmate Virgil, whose cleverness averts the potential water-tank catastrophe, and the compassion of her teacher, Miss Stairus, beloved by all. Audrey's physical hunger and her longing for a better life are palpable, but it is only through tragedy that a better future emerges for the Whites. Details of setting and time are pitch perfect; spare, lyrical language combines skillfully with dialect; and humor infuses the story as the kids share jokes, including some based on the "Little Audrey" comic strip. Characters are carefully drawn and nuanced, and there is neither saccharine sentimentalism in Audrey's relationship with her younger sisters whom she calls the three little pigs, nor are her father and his enabling parents demonized. A note to readers and cover and interior photographs of Audrey and her mother and sisters make this story all the more real and compelling. A little gem.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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RUTH WHITE is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater's Boy and, most recently, Way Down Deep , a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

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