Ludie's Life

Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems. In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age. This is the story of one woman’s experiences in a hard­scrabble coal-mining town, a story that brims with universal themes about life, love, and family—and all of the joy, laughter, heartache, and loss that accompany them. 

 

Would she tell you that six children 

were too many, 

that some disappointed, 

that others surprised, 

but that, all in all, 

six 

were too many 

and one 

would have been just fine. 

Would she tell you that she married 

that boy at fifteen 

not only because he was tall and kind 

but also because 

she needed a way out. 

               —from LUDIE’S LIFE 

 

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544630871

  • ISBN-10: 0544630874

  • Pages: 128

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 04/21/2015

  • Carton Quantity: 1

  • Age(s): 14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 9-12

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Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry & Mudge. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. www.cynthiarylant.com.    
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Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544630871

  • ISBN-10: 0544630874

  • Pages: 128

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 04/21/2015

  • Carton Quantity: 1

  • Age(s): 14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 9-12

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