Ruby Holler (Carnegie Medal (Awards))

by Sharon Creech

Hardcover, 2002



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Fic Cre



HarperCollins (2002), Edition: 1st, 310 pages


Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.

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310 p.; 5.5 inches


0060277327 / 9780060277321



User reviews

LibraryThing member sonam_soni
Tiller and Sairy are the most amazing parents and it takes Florida and Dallas a while to trust them but they fall in love with Ruby Holler and eventually trust and love Tiller and Sairy. The meals/desserts named after events are fun (we've started doing that at our house too). I read this book and then, 2 years later, listened to the audio version and enjoyed it both times.… (more)
LibraryThing member mrsarey
This is the story of Dallas and Florida, two foster children, who are afraid to trust anyone after the homes they've lived in. They get taken in by an eccentric old couple who find themselves more and more taken with the two siblings. Excellent novel!
LibraryThing member briankerr
This book is about 2 orphans who get adopted after living and going to horrible places.

I loved this book, it's in my top 2 for sure. It has suspence, excitement, and it is funny!
LibraryThing member catz
This book made me feel the pain of the twins, and their laughter, and happiness.
LibraryThing member hockey101
I enjoyed this book in adventure to mischeif and team work.
LibraryThing member readingrat
A sweet and touching story about finding love and family.
LibraryThing member LibrarysCat
This book tells the story of twins who were left behind at an "orphanage" run by a disreputable husband and wife who called them trouble. They think that perhaps they will always live in this horrible place where punishment is the norm. Until they move to Ruby Holler to live with an elderly couple. They learn that parenting can be good.… (more)
LibraryThing member ANIRoom042009
This book is about two twins who are orphans and they have spent their whole life being carted around to different foster parents. Who all turn about to be unbeilivably cruel. Untill the find the perfect foster parents.
LibraryThing member wmswarriors
This is a great and interesting book about orphans.
That is what it makes it interesting!
LibraryThing member sacamp
Florida and her twin brother Dallis have lived in the orphanage all their life. One day an old copal, Tiller and Sairy, Take in the twins for a vacation. They deiced to take a practice run but that was a bad idea.
LibraryThing member supertomato
This book is really good because it talks about a couple of kids who move from foster home to foster home. Finally they stay at one home and gets to know these people.They start liking eachother and by the end they are a happy family.
LibraryThing member PatsyAdams
Grade: 3-5
Genre: Fiction
Themes: Family, Hardships, Perseverance
Dallas and Florida start out in an orphanage run by the hateful Trepids. They have been sent to live with many families throughout their short lives but have always been sent back. That is, until the meet Tiller and Sairy, an old couple who bring them to stay in Ruby Holler. Trust begins to develop between the four and in time the begin to become a family. I did not understand the connection between "Z" and the children. i want to know if he is their dad or not? The book never really develops that plot line except to leave it in the air at the end of the story. I was left wanting to know about that relationship. I do know that the children will be well cared for and have finally found a home. I would use this book as a read aloud and discuss resilience with my kids and how there are rainbows in clouds.… (more)
LibraryThing member gvandevel
In this book Dallas and Florida are wanting to get out of the putrid orphanage.
LibraryThing member jty
I think that this is a good book cause it talks about how they get in trouble and what they do
LibraryThing member jkmurray
13 year old twins Florida and Dallas are orphans at an orphanage with people there who are not very nice to them. Things change though when they are brought to a house with very nice people who are taking them on adventures...Do they stay with them? Or runaway?
LibraryThing member reading_dog14
A really good book that lets you dream about what happens in the end.
LibraryThing member LAteacher
Ruby Holler tells an adventure about a trouble twins name Dallas and Florida in Boxton Creek Home. The owner of the home, Mr. Trepid and Mrs. Trepid treated them poorly. Finally one day an old couple came to take Dallas and Florida, where there would be lots of adventures waiting ahead of the twins. They are excited about the trip but the couple is not going together. They need one person to go to a river trip across the state to the Rutabago River and one to go to Kangadoon in search of a special bird. Does this mean that the twins are going to be separated?… (more)
LibraryThing member socapeci
Ruby Holler is a fascinating story about twins (Florida and Dallas) who live at a strict foster home. When they finally get adopted they only expect the worst in their new foster parents but soon they find out that some people have good in them.
LibraryThing member Robinsonstef
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech is realistic fiction at its best! Dallas and his sister, Florida, are twins who have had a very rough life. They live in an orphanage run by the Trepids, a couple who can’t stand children. The Trepids have a gazillion rules about all the things kids can’t do while they live there. Dallas and Florida get in a lot of trouble because they're always breaking some rule or another. Other families that have taken Florida and Dallas in for a while, but they are too much trouble for everyone and end up being returned to the Trepids. One day an older couple named Tiller and Sairy arrives at the orphanage to get two kids to go on vacation with them, and they select Dallas and Florida. They bring them home to Ruby Holler, which is out in the middle of nowhere and filled with animals, trees, rivers, hills and all kinds of wonderful outdoor sights. Will Dallas and Florida change their ways? Will Sairy and Tiller be able to handle the destruction that comes with the “terrible two”? Will the Trepids finally be free of Dallas and Florida?

I highly recommend this feel good book. I laughed my way through it and can still hear Florida’s voice ringing in my ears (maggoty, wretched, etc.). Lots of short chapters- and although it looks like a long book, it's a really fast read! I would recommend this story to kids in third grade and up. The characters are memorable and the story is such fun!
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LibraryThing member chinquapin
Dallas and Florida have lived their entire lives at this horrible orphanage or in a series of appalling foster homes. So when they are sent to live with elderly Tiller and Sairy in Ruby Holler, they are expecting the worse, and make plans to runaway at the first opportunity. But slowly, slowly, the good food and the understanding and patient Sairy and Tiller begin to break down the walls that Dallas and Florida have built around them. As the older couple help the kids, it is apparent that the kids are helping them also. There is excellent character development in the novel. And, although this whole story sounds somewhat sappy, it isn't...mainly because neither Dallas or Florida, nor Sairy or Tiller are the type of characters that would fit in a syrupy, sweet kind of novel. They are all a bit cantankerous and set in their ways.

However, as much as I tried, I just couldn't quite get into this story or form much attachment to the characters. There were 66 short chapters, most 3 to 4 pages, but several were just 2 pages. The chapters seemed to skip around to different people and places, and this led to a choppy, disjointed story. Florida just did not seem like a real person to me...something seemed off regarding her dialogue. And finally, there were several plot elements that were just left hanging, and not resolved. So all in all, this was somewhat of a disappointing read for me.
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LibraryThing member jians
You are now entering Ruby Holler, the one and only Ruby
LibraryThing member ALindelof
this book is about two orphans call Dallas and Florida, they live in a very bad house till, Saray and Tiller come along and take them away. I recommend this book to people who like wild life.
LibraryThing member Buzzification
I liked this book, although it was a little bit sappy and badly written. I think that the facts did not really click in the end, and you never found out who the main characters' mother was. The main characters, Florida and Dallas were orphans, and their mother had left the twins on the orphanage step when they were babies. Dallas was delivered to the orphanage step in a crate that said 'Dallas, Texas' and Florida was delivered in a crate that said 'Florida Oranges'. That was were they got their names. They were also "fondly" nicknamed 'the trouble twins', by their many adoptive parents. I recommend this book to all 9,10 and 11-year-olds.… (more)
LibraryThing member leah_miller
I read this book after one of my middle schoolers recommended it! I am adult and enjoyed every minute of this awesome book!
LibraryThing member bhsilvers
very adventurous, mysterious too

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