Really Truly Ruthie

by Valerie Tripp
Series: The American Girls Collection - Kit #
96 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Ruthie shows her qualities of being a true friend and a responsible girl minus taking a secret trip.


Ruthie Smithens is horrified when she learns that her best friend, Kit Kittredge, is going to be evicted from her house sooner than they expected. After all the Kittredges' hard work and the Smithens' best efforts to help, Ruthie is determined to hold on to a thread of hope and follow it to the end.


Ruthie is a great friend. Her heart is full of love and compassion and it really shines through. She has learned to be careful when giving to Kit and her family (as people during the Great Depression tended to think of such things as "handouts"). With fairy-tale-like hope and questing, she's a very determined girl. Her main fault would be the fact that she plans a trip involving her and Kit telling neither of their mothers about what they're really doing.

Spiritual Content




Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

Not unless an exclamation of "Heavenly day!" counts.


Ruthie is a sweet girl who looks out for the best interests of her friend. She's willing to do all that she can, though her secret trip should not be condoned. However, I found the reading to be a little dull.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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