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Although Ruby seemed to just appear out of thin air on the steps of the courthouse on the first day of summer in 1944, no one in Way Down Deep, West Virginia, ever worried too much about where the toddler came from. They figured that if Ruby's people were dumb enough to lose something as valuable as a child, then that was their problem.So even though Ruby can't help but woAlthough Ruby seemed to just appear out of thin air on the steps of the courthouse on the first day of summer in 1944, no one in Way Down Deep, West Virginia, ever worried too much about where the toddler came from. They figured that if Ruby's people were dumb enough to lose something as valuable as a child, then that was their problem.So even though Ruby can't help but wonder where she came from, she has led a joyful and carefree life in Way Down Deep, loved and watched over by Miss Arbutus - proprietor of The Roost, the local boardinghouse - the residents of The Roost, and the rest of the town. But when Ruby is twelve, a new family moves to Way Down Deep, and they inadvertently provide enough clues about Ruby's past that she is able to find her own people.Ruby travels from Way Down Deep to the top of Yonder Mountain to learn who she really is - only to find that she is bound to Way Down Deep by something even stronger than family ties: love....

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ISBN : 9780374382513
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Way Down Deep Reviews

  • Rachael
    2018-12-28 22:12

    I have enjoyed everything I've read by Ruth White, but this book was the kind you just want to step into and live in. The community White has created is so warm and charming, full of quirky but good people. I would love to find a place in which I fit in so perfectly. It's probably not a coincidence that there are some truly fantastical elements to the story! I have to applaud White for the lack of actual profanity in the novel, although there is one little kid in the story who has a "potty mouth." However she just either notes that he has cursed or does that #$!*% thing that you see in comic strips. You get the point without having to be subjected to a lot of objectionable language.

  • Rosie
    2018-12-21 20:22

    3.5 stars

  • Shannon
    2019-01-16 23:25

    A fun read - will for sure be tracking down more by this author!

  • Tali
    2019-01-04 18:19

    One Star.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-01-07 16:22

    Way Down Deep is one of those small towns with a big heart, filled with quirky but gentle busybodies who all know everything about everyone else in a nice down home way. Most people who live there were born there, but Ruby June arrives in the town of Way Down Deep one night in June when she’s only three years old. Miss Arbutus who runs the boarding house, the Roost, takes her in and raises her until she’s twelve - the summer that the Reeders come to town, and Ruby learns where she really came from. Ruby’s legal guardian is her grandmother – an unpleasant and cantankerous woman who plays at being ill so that her son will take care of her. When Ruby goes to visit her grandmother, her uncle basically abandons her to her fate - he’s secretly thrilled that Ruby’s still alive, because it means that she can take over. After weeks of poor treatment, Ruby announces that she’s had enough and she’s going to leave. As she starts down the mountain, her grandmother comes after her and apologizes for being the way she is. They manage to make amends and grandma comes down to live at the Roost. It’s the best solution.This is exactly what you should hand to a child or a parent looking for a nice read. There’s a character who cusses regularly, but it’s displayed in *@#!%&, which should offend less than using the *real* words. Nothing terrible happens, and everyone lives happily ever after. Similar reads include: Because of Winn Dixie, The Penderwicks, So B. It, and Ida B.

  • Jackie
    2018-12-27 21:06

    A waif appears on the steps of the courthouse in the town of Way Down Deep, West Virginia one early summer morning in June, 1944. Only three years old at the most, when asked her name, she says brightly, 'Me Woo-bee'. And, Ruby June she becomes to be known. Miss Arbutus Ward steps forward and cares for her until 'her people are found'. Years pass by and Ruby is loved and well-cared for by Arbutus and the whole village. She is a bright, talkative, lively child with a mass of red curls on her head. Some years later, a new family, poor and needy, come to town when their father, Bob tries to rob the bank with a plastic gun...the townsfolk know he is a bumbling robber and take the family to their hearts and care for the whole family. Such is the town of Way Down Deep...no one goes hungry, no one is uncared for, and no one is unhappy. When Robber Bob and his family tell of another family who mysteriously lost a red-headed girlg some 12 or 13 years ago, Ruby becomes suspicious and allows the sheriff to look into 'her' story. Ruby's beginnings come full circle as the events of her mysterious trek into town become clear. A heart-warming tale of bonding, love, and family surround Ruby and a melding of two families and a whole village cement a new base for her.

  • 84-The_enlightment_of_Doctor_Grace_part5_Jesus
    2019-01-17 19:16

    Way Down Deep by Ruth White is about a girl named Ruby June. Ruby showed up in town when she was three and she could only say Woo-bee and hossie. One of the townspeople took her in and raised her. When she turns thirteen, a man tries to rob a bank to get money for his family. Everyone feels sorry for them, so they let them move to town. Bird, the robber's father, sees Ruby and says she was eaten by panthers. His grandson Peter says he is crazy. But June soon relizes she was the girl, only instead of being eaten she finds out the lady who is now taking care of her kidnapped her in a dream then when she awoke she discovered she really had kidnapped her. Her parents had died in an accident so she had to go and stay with her grandmother. She is really mean until Ruby wants to go back to Way Down Deep. Then she tells her that she really does want to be nice and agrees to live in the inn too. Ruby returns and everyone is happy in the end.The moral of this story is to never stop searching for that one thing you need. Ruby got the truth about her parents, her grandma, and her family in the end. This book was a little boring but jeart warming. It did have alot of key points people can relate to and learn something from.

  • Nihal Kariparduc
    2019-01-09 17:01

    "Way Down Deep" by Ruth White,is a cool book. There was some parts of the book that was plain ,boring to read. The book is about a girl named Ruby. She is a small girl they found in front of way down deep courthouse in 1940, when she was around 3.After a few years ,how she came into way down deep starts to unravel. Ruth White is an author for some award winning young adult and children's books. Some including the "Belle Praters boy" and "The Search for Bell Prater"Even though I liked the book ,this is not type of a book which I'll read again. One of my favorite part was at the beginning when they were asking her how she came to way down deep. I liked how they made her sound like a little kid, and how you could just picture her in your head. " "dunno." "What's your daddy's name?" Ruby stuck her fingers in her mouth "how did you get here, Ruby?" "Wide." "Wide? Oh,ride? Ride in a car?" "Wide hossie"pg27. I will definitely read some other book that was written by Ruth White, especially her award winning ones. Overall this book was a good book, and if you're looking for an interesting book to read, I would recommend "Way Down Deep".# of pages:198Genre:historical fictionReview 3

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-01-17 23:16

    While I enjoyed previous books written by this author, I was a tad disappointed in this.Keep track of the many characters presented a problem.Ruby June resides in a tiny village named Way Down Deep. When a baby, she mysteriously was found on the courthouse steps. Take in by the kind and quirky Miss Alburtus, who runs the local boarding house, we are introduced to a host of down home, kind hearted, quirky folk.Now, 13, Ruby is happy and is well liked by all members of Way Down Deep. When a new family move to town, they have information which leads to finding Ruby's long-lost grandmother.Taken from Miss Alburtus and plucked in the far off lonely woods with a cantankerous grandmother brings depression for Ruby and a longing of the town folk for Ruby to return.Some of the passages were laugh out loud and highly creative and thus the book marginally redeems itself. But the attempt at too much creativity undermined the good writing and I give this one a guarded two stars.

  • Robyn
    2019-01-14 17:20

    I enjoyed this book until Miss Arbutus Ward told us about her strange out of body kidnapping. I totally would have bought it if White would have built it up more, but it seemed to come out of no where. Why even mention the panther if it has no real purpose? Also, Grandma, and just about every ill-habit-character found new meanings to life and so easily. The town drunk, who only had a few lines, suddenly realized that he shouldn't drink his war caused problems. Rita finally speaks, Lucy finds her name, Cedar stops cussing, and I don't who else, probably everyone on some level, who knows. Oh yeah A.H. Crawdford figured out his life too! I love books with a happy ending, but not so over the top. I recommend Violet Raines almost gets Struck by Lightning.'I still say she looked like a bumblebee,' Cedar mumbled stubbornly.'That maybe, but your opinion doesn't count, nor does mine. Mrs. Bevins believes her taste in clothes is impeccable, and in the long run, it's only what one thinks of oneself that matters.'

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-12-25 18:23

    Way Down Deep is just quirky enough to edge outside the realm of realistic fiction. Ruby is a toddler found outside the courthouse in 1944 and taken in by the owner of a boarding house, Miss Arbutus. Ruby has a rich, full life in Way Down Deep, but she has always been curious about her people. An inept bank robber comes to town and is befriended in his troubles with the townspeople. The robber knows of Ruby and helps lead her back to her roots. But it is not the happy world of Way Down Deep; instead, Ruby goes to live with a deeply unhappy grandmother, caring for her even though the grandmother is as mean to her as a grass snake. Finally, Ruby cannot take any more and decides to leave. Faced with yet another person leaving her, the grandmother resolves to change and to find a way to go with Ruby to Way Down Deep.

  • Jean
    2019-01-07 21:04

    This book has an old-fashioned feel to it. It harkens back to a time when people knew their neighbors, helped each other out, and tried to make life pleasant for everyone. Ruby comes to Down Deep as a toddler with a mystery. No one knows where she came from but the whole town welcomes her. But no one welcomes her more than Miss Arbutus Ward, a lonely spinster who runs the boardinghouse. And Ruby grows up happy and loved. I liked the touch of magical realism here. It gives a book that seems so firmly planted in every day reality a notion that anything can happen, any time, any place, and to any one - even the most timid among us. This would be a good classroom read aloud, or a book discussion book. Very sweet book.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-01 18:23

    1953 Way Down Deep, West Virginia 12 year old Ruby June lives at The Roost, the town boardinghouse, with Miss Arbutus and the other boarders. Miss Arbutus, the owner of The Roost, has cared for Ruby June since she was three years old after she was found abandoned at the courthouse. When a family facing hard times is invited to move into town, the grandfather of the family insists that a panther ate Ruby when she was little. Could he have her mixed up with someone else or is this a clue to where she came from?The story has a wonderful cast of characters and a very satisfying ending. The story includes information about the 1950s.I would recommend this story to someone who likes interesting characters and doesn't mind a little suspension of disbelief.

  • Miss Amanda
    2018-12-30 23:05

    1953 Way Down Deep, West Virginia 12 year old Ruby June lives at The Roost, the town boardinghouse, with Miss Arbutus and the other boarders. Miss Arbutus, the owner of The Roost, has cared for Ruby June since she was three years old after she was found abandoned at the courthouse. When a family facing hard times is invited to move into town, the grandfather of the family insists that a panther ate Ruby when she was little. Could he have her mixed up with someone else or is this a clue to where she came from?The story has a wonderful cast of characters and a very satisfying ending. The story includes information about the 1950s.I would recommend this story to someone who likes interesting characters and doesn't mind a little suspension of disbelief.

  • Carol
    2018-12-30 22:04

    A coming of age story set is a small Appalachian town. Enjoyable, but doesn't quite have the depth or dimensionality of Rylant's or Wiles's novels. Ruby was abandoned as a baby and appeared in town one day, to be adopted by Miss Arbutus, the matron of the local boarding house. Both the boarding house and the town are populated with quirky characters, including a rock-throwing granny reminiscent of the old woman in Milagro Beanfield Wars. During the course of the story, Ruby's origins are revealed, but things are wrapped up a little too neatly and quickly. Still, fans of Love, Ruby Lavender or Sharon Creech's Chasing Redbird will probably enjoy this.

  • Int'l librarian
    2018-12-28 22:28

    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.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-07 15:15

    i just finished this book and it was really good. i did not like how the grandma kept bossy ruby around and calling her jolene. my favorith part of this book was when she was at the reeders house and she relized that the girl bird reeder was talking about could be her and it just keeps unraveling and everything happens so quickly. one thing that i was suprised about was how miss. arbutus took ruby june from her home when everybody thought it was a panther. if you like a mystrery book you shoud read this.

  • Megan
    2019-01-03 15:23

    Cute children's book about a girl, Ruby, who just shows up in a small town in the 1940's. Entertaining characters, who go in and out of Ruby's life--, Mrs. Rife, a 90-year-old who throws rocks at the kids, and Reese, who serenades Ruby with lines such as, "Now if you were a horsefly, and I'm an old grey mare, / I'd stand and let you bite me and never move a hair." A good story about what makes up a family, and what we owe our family members.Highly reccomend, children will love it, but probably ages 8 or 9 and older.

  • Tricia Joseph
    2019-01-15 16:08

    This book is entertaining because in the beginning of this book a little girl named,Ruby, showed up on the doorsteps of the courthouse and noone knew where she came from. When she was 12 years old, they were trying to find out who she was so a detective came and took her to her uncle. Her Uncle took her to meet her grandmother. Ruby went in her room and found clues that her mother had written to her father. Ruby's grandmother was bossy to her and would call Ruby every few minutes to do stuff for her.

  • Luke
    2019-01-12 22:15

    Way Down Deep is, well, just ok. Even the most dramatic parts aren't played up as well as they could be- and maybe that's fitting for a small town in Virginia. But there's no real conflict. My biggest problem with the book is how the plot, even though it has a small twist, is easily foreseen 50 pages into the book, and doesn't require the main character's help to actually solve it. Overall, maybe a 65 /100. (i'm giving this thing a separate because this website won't let me leave a more detailed out-of-review, which is annoying because this book falls in a finer line than just 3/5)

  • Barb Keltner
    2019-01-17 15:03

    I have a new favorite book! This is kind of a jr. version of the feel-good Jan Karon books. It's set in the 1950's and is the story of young Ruby who was found on the court house steps when she was 2 years old and has lived with the wonderfully interesting people at the local boarding house ever since ... until the mystery of her past starts to unravel. LOVED it! This author also wrote "Little Audrey" that I just finished and liked very much, so I'll be working my way through some more of her books!

  • Judi Paradis
    2019-01-09 23:27

    Lots of things in this book don't seem entirely believable, but that's okay. Ruby, age 3, just appears one day in a town in West Virginia and she is taken in by the lady who owns the local boarding house. Ruby grows up surrounded by quirky, loving people and is a delightful kid. But one day a new family moves to town and Ruby figures out where her real family is and how she came to live in Way Down Deep. A pleasant story with great characters.

  • Tina
    2019-01-13 22:01

    Ruby June, a toddler, is found outside the courthouse in the town of Way Down Deep and nobody in town can figure out how she got there. Miss Arbutus Ward agrees to raise Ruby with the help of the town. The story is wonderful - Ruby grows up with so many interesting - yet quirky boarders at the Boarding House that Miss Arbutus Ward owns. The ending was a little unusual in the fact that a book that I believe was going to be Historical Fiction, suddenly turns into a Fantasy.

  • Tracie
    2018-12-22 19:10

    Lovely story about a town full of quirky folk who take in a toddler that appears in their midst seemly from nowhere. Ruby is loved and well cared for by Miss Arbutus until a new family moves to town and brings news of Ruby's possible origins. Not as odd as Oddfellows Orphanage or as straightforward as the Penderwicks, still a wonderful tale about the power of love, positivity and self-confidence.

  • Haley
    2019-01-20 19:21

    Texas Bluebonnet for the 2008-2009 school year. Everyone has wondered about the mysterious way Ruby showed up in the town of Way Down Deep when she was 3 years old in 1944. She is taken in by Miss Arbutus, the proprieter of the local boardinghouse, and loves her life. When a new family moves in town 9 years later, more details of her past are revealed, and soon Ruby leaves the town she loves to discover who she is and where she came from.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-16 19:13

    This was probably my least favorite of the books I read for our mock Newbery discussion at the Chicago Public Library. The story of the town of Way Deep, whose citizens can't even spurn a bank robber, is sweet to the point of eating sugar, even if it is a tall tale. I liked some of the quirky citizens, but not enough to truly care for them, and the mystical elements White introduces toward the end seem a little half-baked.

  • Emily
    2019-01-01 16:17

    This is a cute story about a little girl who shows up in Way Down Deep, WV and is raised by a local there. The story is a bit far fetched in the end, but I guess it contributes to the magic of the town of Way Down Deep, but I would have liked a more nonsensical resolution to the issue of way this girl came from.Overall a great story which I would recommend to upper grade girls.This is nominated for a 2009 Beehive award.

  • Alice Teets
    2019-01-14 19:23

    An excellent story about family and what exactly makes someone your family. The author is reminiscent of books from my childhood, and, although written for children, it was an enjoyable story for adults. Bonus: I am from West Virginia, and I HATE it when people try to "write" our accent. When we speak, we don't hear it, so we don't want to read it either, especially in a demeaning way. She didn't attempt this, and that made me like the book even more.

  • Kellie
    2018-12-24 16:09

    I enjoyed this story. The author captured the feel of a quaint little town in the late '40s and early '50s. The characters were fun and quirky and interesting. My only gripe was that I was hoping for a more "realistic" reason of how Ruby June came to be in Way Down Deep. The whole dream thing was a bit out there for my taste (for this story) and it was a bit odd how everyone in the town just accepted it.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-12 17:23

    I sometimes joke that there's an orphan in every children's book. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but it's at least 1 out of 3. Redheaded Ruby was abandoned as a toddler on the steps of the Way Down Deep Courthouse. Luckily she was taken in and loved by the local spinster. Things go pretty smoothly until one day the mystery of how she came to town starts to unravel.