Nebraska Authors

Ivy Ruckman

Born 1931 Hastings, NE (USA)

Ivy Ruckman is an award-winning author of novels for young people. Her book, The Night of the Twisters, is a fictionalized account of the June 4, 1980 Grand Island tornado--nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and won the Outstanding Science Trade Book Award from the National Association of Science Teachers/Children's Book Council, as well as many other awards. In Care of Cassie Tucker is a fictional account of a farm family's life in 1899.

Places Lived

Salt Lake City, UT
Hastings, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Children's Fiction; Nebraska Subjects; Farming


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1953, Hastings College, Hastings NE


Former High School English and Creative Writing Teacher (Wyoming and Utah)

Places Worked

Taught school in Wyoming and Utah


Named an Outstanding Alumni of Hastings High School in 1984
Nebraska 1986 Golden Sower Award for The Night of the Twisters
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Night of the Twisters, 2017


Ruckman was in the Salvation Army from the time she was 13 until 20


Who Needs Rainbows? 1969.
Encounter. 1978.
Melba the Brain. 1979.
The Hunger Scream. 1983.
In a Class By Herself. 1983
What's an Average Kid Like Me Doing Way up Here ? 1983.
The Night of the Twisters. 1984.
This Is Your Captain Speaking. 1987.
No Way Out. 1988.
Who Invited the Undertaker ? 1989.
Melba the Mummy. 1991.
In Care of Cassie Tucker. 1998.
RobandSara.com with P.J. Peterson, 2004.

Ivy Ruckman at Anderson Branch Library. (DVD) 2011.

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