Saturday, May 23, 2009

Way Down Deep

Ruth White's book, Way Down Deep, is charming historical fiction that took place in the mid-1940s. It's a bit slow starting and the sort-of-magic climax is a little difficult to believe, but otherwise the book is excellent. The heroine, Ruby, was found as a small child and raised by the woman who ran a boardinghouse in a cozy, small town. Ruby has a happy life, but there are clues that may help her find out who her parents were. The author does a magnificent job of showing the loving, safe community where Ruby lives, and the dangers of the things she discovers are very believable. It's a great read for girls who want to relax and travel to the world the way it ideally used to be.

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