Ruth White (children's author)

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Ruth C. White (born March 15, 1942) is an American children's writer. Her novel Belle Prater's Boy was a Newbery Honor Book in 1997.


Although Ruth White's family were extremely poor, her parents had a great love of literature. She was educated at small, badly resourced county schools, but praises her "excellent, caring teachers".[1]

When she was six years old, her father, who was a coal miner, was killed in a brawl (and the attacker sent to prison for 20 years). Her mother moved to a place near the town of .Whitewood, Virginia. When White was in the eighth grade the family moved to Michigan, but she returned to Grundy to finish high-school while living with an aunt and uncle. These incidents form part of the story in her book Sweet Creek Holler.

White's book Belle Prater's Boy was named a 1997 Newbery Honor book. White and her sisters grew up in the coal-mining town of Whitewood, Virginia. They played in the hills and creeks, enjoyed family read-alouds, and sang every song they heard. White has been a teacher and a school librarian in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. For a while, she lived in Virginia Beach, but now she lives in Pennsylvania.


  • The City Rose, as Ruth White Miller (1977), an African-American adventure story
  • Sweet Creek Holler, a poor girl's story about growing up in Southwest Virginia
  • Weeping Willow, a story about friendship, love, pain, and coming of age also set in Southwest Virginia
  • Belle Prater's Boy, Newbery Honor Book about friendship, love, and understanding
  • Memories of Summer a story about love, patience, and understanding.
  • Tadpole
  • Buttermilk Hill, a sequel to "Weeping Willow"
  • The Search for Belle Prater, a sequel to "Belle Prater's Boy"
  • Way Down Deep
  • Little Audrey
  • The Treasure of Way Down Deep


  1. ^ Stimmen, Jane (March 6, 2009). "An interview with Ruth White, author of Little Audrey". World Socialist Web Site. ICFI. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
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