Carol Ryrie Brink (1895-1981), best-known for writing Caddie Woodlawn, along with approximately 30 other books, grew up and went to college in Moscow, Idaho. Near the Washington state line, Moscow has a population of approximately 25,000 residents.
A local history expert interviewed Carol Ryrie Brink in the year she passed away and wrote this summary of the author’s life and work: https://dnews.com/life/nearby-history-local-historian-perpetuates-memory-of-idaho-s-own.
If you like historical fiction books with a pioneer spirit or stories about strong young female characters, the 1936 Newbery award-winning classic Caddie Woodlawn is worth reading. The main character is based on the actual life of the author’s grandmother.
Carol Ryrie Brink co-wrote the 1988 movie, more than 40 years after publishing the book. Magical Melons is the sequel.
The University of Idaho gave Carol Ryrie Brink an honorary doctorate.