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The Babbs Switch Story
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date April 10, 2002
Pages 165
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374304751
ISBN-10 0374304750
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $16.00
Other format details juvenile
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Summaries and Reviews
When Ruth Ann's parents won't allow her to sing the solo at the Christmas Tree Celebration because of recent difficulties with her older sister, Ruth Ann wonders why she had to be the one to have a sister with mental problems, in a tale set in Oklahoma in 1924. description: Product Description:
A novel told in a strong Southern voice

Ruth Ann Tillman loves to sing, especially the solo in the annual Babbs Switch, Oklahoma, Christmas Tree Celebration. And no matter what Elden Larrs says teasingly, she’s good. But this year, 1924, Mom and Pop won’t let Ruthie perform. The problem is Daphne, her sister. At sixteen, four years older than Ruthie, Daphne still carries her one-armed, bald-headed doll for comfort and reaches out to stroke anything soft and soothing. When she almost smothers Mrs. Larrs’s baby this way, Mom and Pop know they’re in trouble – and that Ruthie had better not appear on the schoolhouse stage. Ruthie is indignant. Why does she have to share her life with such an oddball sister? Christmas Eve arrives, and Ruthie goes to the celebration, even though she can’t participate, and even though “daffy” Daphne is at her side. At least she can see Elden. Then the schoolhouse catches fire, as it really did on that night in Babbs Switch, and Ruthie discovers what her sister means to her.

Inspired by a tragedy, Darleen Bailey Beard’s tribute to Babbs Switch is nonetheless filled with humor and warmth and the charm of first romance.

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9780374304751 | details & prices | 165 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: In 1924, twelve-year-old Ruthie finds her life in a small Oklahoma town complicated by the behavior of her older sister Daphne, an object of ridicule and dislike because of her limited mental abilities.

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