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Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill (Ruth Fielding #1)

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Ruth Fielding, a recently-orphaned girl, arrives in Cheslow, New York to live with her uncle, Jabez Potter, at the Red Mill with his housekeeper, Aunt Alvirah Boggs. Ruth is greatly disappointed in the cold reception she receives. Uncle Jabez seems to care very little about her, and all that he has to say is that she must earn her keep. Uncle Jabez grows even more difficul ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published 1929 by Cupples & Leon Company (first published 1913)
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Dec 02, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this first book in the Ruth Fielding series. I've read so many favorable comments about this series, from scholars and collectors alike, but had never gotten around to reading them. The series is a precursor to Nancy Drew, which would debut in 1930 under the same publishing house, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, but Ruth and Nancy couldn't be more different. Ruth is orphaned and poverty-stricken, suddenly sent to live with a truly crotchety great uncle (her mother's uncle), who runs a ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Lynda rated it liked it
My mother's first cousin gave me several boxes of books when we cleaned out her mother's house. These were heavily represented. I liked them all.
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May 04, 2014 Joan - xstitchfan rated it really liked it
I was shocked how much I enjoyed this book. It has interesting well developed characters. Ruth, the heroine, has some of the usual teenage problems that perplex young women - no matter what the era! I kept thinking of the grandmother who would be 5 years older than Ruth. The cover art made me laugh when I remembered Grammy telling me that was how young women dressed for work and school at the time. Meanwhile, I was hoping to wear blue jeans to junior high! Grammy also told me about her first exp ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it
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This was a really sweet and fun story; I read it about thirteen years ago.
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Jan 15, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Ruth Thompson
Shelves: young-adult
Good example from the period - Ruth, an orphan, goes to live with her crotchedly old uncle in a small town. She meets wonderful friends and becomes beloved. Oh, and a crippled girl walks and Ruth gets her hearts desire....wait for it....boarding school! So the other books will follow her there, of course. And eventually she'll marry Tom. But I still enjoy them!
Oct 18, 2012 Barb rated it liked it
I'm on a 'girls mystery' tear. They can be compared to some of the themed cosy mysteries, and of course they're the contemporaries of Nancy Drew. God bless Google and Project Gutenberg -- I'd tried in years past to locate some of these books and didn't have the resources to find them.

Not a bad beginning to this series. I'll look for more.
Apr 14, 2010 Jane added it
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I tried this a few years ago and didn't like it, probably because of the "country" tone of some of the characters (I hate dialect in children's books). It was MUCH better on rereading, and I'm glad I've collected most of the series now.
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May 07, 2013 Michele Chorman rated it it was amazing
This is a new series for me and I am looking forward to reading the next Ruth Fielding novel.
Mar 22, 2011 Carissa rated it really liked it
Ruth is a great role model of humility, compassion, hard work, and endurance.
Feb 09, 2014 Kushi rated it it was ok
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Bad choice.
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Alice B. Emerson was a pseudonym used by the Stratemeyer Syndicate for the Betty Gordon and Ruth Fielding series of children's novels. The writers taking up the pen of Alice B. Emerson were: Josephine Lawrence (Betty Gorson series #1-4, 7, 9), W. Bert Foster (Ruth Fielding series #1-19, Betty Gordon series #5,6), Elizabeth M. Duffield Ward (Ruth Fielding series #20-22, Betty Gordon series #8), Eun ...more
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