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Ruby Holler Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Sharon Creech, author of Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and Newbery Honor book The Wanderer, is in fine form with her hilarious yet poignant novel about downtrodden siblings who refuse to be squished altogether. The perfectly happy ending is somewhat predictable, but readers who have fallen in love with each quirky character won't mind a bit. (Ages 8 to 13) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An elderly couple asks the twins to come and live with them in their country home in Ruby Holler (named for the red maple trees in the fall), to help with a project. The twins by this point have serious trust issues, and keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But Tiller and Sairy Morey are different from anyone that the twins have encountered before. Together, the four embark on a series of adventures in the lush, rural Ruby Holler.
This book reminded me a little bit of Louis Sachar's Holes, with the bleakness of the Boxton Creek Home, and the quirkiness of the Moreys (although the main setting is the exact opposite of the setting in Holes). Throughout the book, we learn about the various other homes that the twins have lived in, gradually coming to understand their prickliness and acting out. In parallel, we watch Dallas and Florida, and Sairy and Tiller, gradually changing one another. It's a story about love and patience and second chances, and suspense and adventure, too.
There are many small things to like about the book. I love the way that Sairy and Tiller are with each other, two halves of a whole, with their own unusual endearments. I smiled at the way that Dallas has of painting a positive future with words, even when things seem bleak.Read more ›
The writing is deft and simple, yet not so simple that it's cloying. I'm reminded in a backwards way of the Lemony Snicket "Unfortunate Events" books, also about intrepid sibling orphans assaulted by rapacious adults. Whereas the Snicket books are coyly pretentious -- yes, funny but disingenuously snarky to the point of nastiness -- Sharon Creech gives us a pair of kids who are edgy smart-alecks when they need to be but capable of responding to decency with warmth. I think I'll set this book aside for my son to read to his kids some day.
I have fairly recently discovered Sharon Creech and her delightful books, including Love That Dog and Hate That Cat [HATE THAT CAT -LIB] [Library Binding]. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons (the Newbery is awarded to the best of older children's literature every year).
"Ruby Holler" itself won the Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature. Frankly, I would like to stand outside big chain stores, outlet malls, and the like with boxes and boxes of this book to hand out. If I could put this book into the hands and hearts of every adult with children, maybe we could eliminate emotional and psychological child abuse. It has long been my personal thesis that the ills of a country lie in child abuse and the anger that develops from it. But that's another story for another place.
"Ruby Holler" is the story of fraternal twins, Dallas and Florida, who live in this horrible orphanage and are taken out from time to time into foster homes by horrible adults who abuse them then return them. Part of the journey of the book is the revelation of the kinds of abuse they experience, from being thrown into a totally black cellar with spiders and rats to the devilish treatment by a couple's larva-from-hell, picture-perfect little girl.Read more ›
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Thoughts: This was a reread, since I read this book when I did the Battle of the Books three years ago, and my brother is now reading up a storm to try to get in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Kid Book Reviewers
When I was reading this book I thought some of it was confusing. There were a lot of things that were unpredictable as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia
Fun read. Lots of adventure and suspense. Loveable characters. It left a few questions unanswered but that's ok. . .Published 2 months ago by Chelle
A fantastic book about orphan twins that are in foster care but find I new family. So many adventures, the story is fantastic. A book I will read again and again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kterbo
this book is full of thought pashion and funny loving moments to me ispt is the best but you hqve to read it o find outPublished 6 months ago by Gary F.
This is yet another amazing book by Sharon. The depth of the orphan kids and the storytelling is so powerful.Published 7 months ago by Ali Shadle
I loved this book from cover to cover it was so fun to read Sharon Creech really pulled at my heartstringsPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked this book as far as it went, but I felt like it wasn't quite finished. There were a few really important loose ends that were brought up in a very prominent way, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Sibigtroth