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Carol Ryrie Brink (1895–1981)

Author of Caddie Woodlawn

43+ Works 10,856 Members 118 Reviews 10 Favorited

About the Author

Carol Ryrie Brink is the author of many books for young readers, including Magical Melons, the companion volume to Caddie Woodlawn.
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Series

Works by Carol Ryrie Brink

Caddie Woodlawn (1935) 7,679 copies
Baby Island (1937) 951 copies
Magical Melons (1939) 759 copies
The Pink Motel (1959) 312 copies
Two Are Better Than One (1968) 125 copies
Winter Cottage (1968) 110 copies
Goody O'Grumpity (1994) 110 copies
Family Sabbatical (1956) 108 copies
Family Grandstand (1952) 98 copies
Andy Buckram's Tin Men (1656) 69 copies
Buffalo Coat (1944) 41 copies
Louly (1974) 41 copies
All Over Town (1939) 37 copies

Associated Works

Animal Friends and Adventures (1949) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Easter Book of Legends and Stories (1947) — Contributor — 34 copies
Caddie Woodlawn [1989 film] (1996) — Original book — 27 copies
Caddie Woodlawn [libretto] (2011) — Original author — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1895-12-28
Date of death
1981-08-15
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Moscow, Idaho, USA
Place of death
La Jolla, California, USA
Cause of death
heart failure
Places of residence
Moscow, Idaho, USA
Minnesota, USA
France
Scotland
Education
University of Idaho
University of California, Berkeley
Occupations
short story writer
children's book author
novelist
Playwright
Relationships
Brink, Raymond W. (husband)
Awards and honors
Newbery Medal 1935
Short biography
Caroline Ryrie, called Carol, was born in Idaho and orphaned at a young age. She was raised by her maternal grandmother and two aunts who were all gifted storytellers. Her grandmother's tales of growing up in the Wisconsin woods became the basis of several of Carol's books and short stories, including the Newbery Award winner Caddie Woodlawn (1935). Carol attended the University of Idaho and then the University of California, Berkeley, from which she graduated in 1918. Shortly afterwards she married Raymond Brink, with whom she lived in Europe for a time before settling in St. Paul, Minnesota. While raising their two children, Mrs. Brink began writing articles and short stories that were accepted by local and then national publications. She started writing fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children and eventually published nearly 30 novels during her career. Her first novel, Anything Can Happen on the River, was published in 1934. She was also the author of three plays, including one based on Caddie Woodlawn. She received a number of literary awards in her lifetime, including the Friends of American Writers Award 1955, the National League of American Pen Women’s Prize in 1966, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota in 1978.

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Reviews

There's a great show in here somewhere...
 
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deliriumshelves | 3 other reviews | Jan 14, 2024 |
So far this book refers to a child as “colored”. This is easy to skip as a read aloud.
 
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FamiliesUnitedLL | 7 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |
Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors--neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all.

Caddie is brave, and her story is special because it's based on the life and memories of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother, the real Caddie Woodlawn. Her spirit and sense of fun have made this book a classic that readers have taken to their hearts for more than seventy years.… (more)
 
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Statistics

Works
43
Also by
10
Members
10,856
Popularity
#2,183
Rating
3.9
Reviews
118
ISBNs
109
Languages
3
Favorited
10

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