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Way Down Deep
by Ruth White
2008 Kids' Wings Award
2008 Texas Bluebonnet ListSM

"God is in that place where sleep takes us. Way down deep inside, where all the answers lie." Miss Arbutus in Way Down Deep

A little red-headed, curly haired toddler mysteriously appears on a courthouse bench in June 1944 in a little West Virginia town known as Way Down Deep. No one knows where she came from. No one knows who her family is. The little girl isn't telling and doesn't even seem to care.

Ruby June...named for the color of her hair and the date of her first appearance...settles in happily in The Roost, the town's boarding house, with its owner, Miss Arbutus.
As the years pass, Ruby June is nurtured by the kindness, generosity, and compassion of Way Down Deep.

Then, after an attempted bank robbery, a new family comes to town. They are the Reeder family: Robber Reeder and his children, Peter Reeder, Cedar Reeder, twins Jeeter and Skeeter Reeder, baby Rita Reeder, and grandfather, Bird Reeder. With them comes a key to unlocking the secret past of Ruby June. But, will Ruby June want to give up her loving home and friends to walk into a strange new world? Will the respect and love in which she has always had way down deep be strong enough to see her through the trials head?

This is the story of the power of love, respect, forgiveness in a little town that already seems to be close to perfect. In it you will see the power of transformers as each uses his or her own special qualities to hold a town together and inspire it to retain its beauty of character in sharing ahd helping each other unconditionally.

An Appalachian Valley, Photo: Library of Congress

Research Links for Way Down Deep by Ruth White

An Interview with Author Ruth White

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Ruth White Biography

Pictures from the 40s and 50s.

Life in the 1940s and 1950s

Mountain Adventures
Towns in West Virginia
Appalachian Mountains

Appalachian Mountain Christmas Traditions
West Virginia Fairs, Crafts, and Festivals

A Real West Virginia Mystery: 5 Children Disappear in 1945
Parents' Travel Guide to West Virginia

Shenandoah Music (Right Click to Download)

Grandma's Cabin
: Photo: Library of Congress


Way Down Deep by Ruth White

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With special thanks to Mickey Gentle for allowing us to use his music, "Applachian Hoedown" as our background


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