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Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.
New York : Delacorte, 1998.
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 0385325258

It is 1915 and America is about to enter World War I. This will affect the lives of every American, even the lives of a farm family in Indiana. Ruthie Hawk is eight and is  already having a hard time acting like a "lady," but being the only girl in a family with six brothers does not make it any easier. A doll named Clarinda, advertised in the Sears Catalog, might be Ruthie's only hope for becoming a lady. Will Ruthie ever be able to own Clarinda and solve her problem? Is Clarinda the gift in the title? And, even more pressing, will the new baby be a girl? Will Ruthie find a real friend at school this year? If you enjoyed the American Girl stories about Kirsten, this book may remind you of them, but better, because Ruthie is a real heroine among her brother. A book for both boys and girls!!  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Farm life -- Indiana -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Indiana -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Indiana -- Fiction.


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