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Way Down Deep by Ruth White
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Sep 12, 11

bookshelves: grades-5-8, middle-school-girls
Read in March, 2009

It's as if Garrison Keillor reinvented Lake Woebegone for a younger audience. That's not the kind of marquee line that's going to reel the middle schoolers in - better to say that "Way Down Deep" is quietly awesome. These aren't so much short stories as small scenes: measured and fun and easy to hold in your head as the next scene unfolds. And then the big story that was always there takes hold.

The emotions rise, and Ruby June grows up just a little bit more. She's a wonderful girl. If anything, by the end, there's too much wonder and awe in this book for a more practical reader. For people who are patient and hopeful and open, "Way Down Deep" is a dream.
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