Ruthie's Gift by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Set in a small Indiana farming community at the start of World War I, this is the heartwarming and gently humorous story of Ruthie, an 8-year-old tomboy who develops a stronger sense of self and selflessness during a particularly dramatic year in her life: the year her sixth brother is born, the year she makes her first friends (twin girls), the year she almost dies of pneumonia, the year the war takes one of her brothers from her.

Rich in setting and brimming with lovable characters, Ruthie's Gift is a thoroughly satisfying story of family and identity.

About Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of Energy Makes Things Happen and Pop!, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She has a degree in chemistry from Smith College and lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.
Published February 9, 1998 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ruthie, eight years old, is a strong and unforgettable character in the enthralling, old-fashioned novel that is Bradley's debut.

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""Brisk packing, affectionate humor and an unforgettable heroine distinguish this first novel, set in 1916 Indiana,"" said PW in a starred review.

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