WILD VIOLETS by Phyllis Green


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This sentimental tale, set in 1940, begins when Ruthie Hickory is the poorest and most ridiculed girl in her rural New York fourth grade and Cornelia Lee, who seems rich in comparison, is the most popular as well as the nicest--she gives valentines to everyone in the class and invites all the girls to her birthday party. Then Cornelia's father gets sick; her family, now poor, has to sell its house and move to a trailer on Mr. Hickory's property; and Ruthie, to her delight, becomes Cornelia's best friend. There is still trouble at home, especially for Ruthie whose mother runs off periodically, and Ruthie herself runs away to the woods when she thinks her parents are going to abandon her; but in the end things are looking up for both families. Ruthie's straits and innocence might win some sympathy, but by overplaying the sweetness and the pathos Green forfeits her potential to touch.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1977
Publisher: Nelson