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Ruby Holler

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  10,534 ratings  ·  831 reviews
"You are now entering Ruby Holler, the one and only Ruby Holler! Your lives are never going to be the same—"

"Trouble twins" Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but they’re restless for one more big adventure. When
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Hayley Kirkland
Dallas and Florida, orphans, have had a remarkably tough life. Nobody wants them or ever cared for them. Florida has a very rough and negative pattern of speech. She everything is “putrid” or “nasty” and she believes everyone (except Dallas) is trying to harm her. This negativity is a defense mechanism. She has been hurt and let down so many times before that she doesn’t trust a soul. Dallas deals with this in a different way. He escapes to vivid dreams of nature and calm places to get away from ...more
I enjoyed the story and felt that the interaction between the four main characters was realistic and well-written. I would recommend it for fans of young adult novels in general as a clean, clever story about the strength of love and family ties.

Unfortunately, it had several technical drawbacks, in my opinion: For instance, sixty-six chapters averaging about three or four pages each made the book feel very choppy, even awkward - it just didn't work for me. I also didn't like spending so much tim
Peter Panic
Recently I have been reading Newbery Medal and Honor book winners. Some are good, some are bad. Most are forgetful. But I have realised that there are certain theme's that prevail in child lit. Now I don't know if this is lack of theme's that both children enjoy and an adult would enjoy writing or if kids really do enjoy reading about runaways, but this is what this book is. Just another runaway book. The two protagonists are orphans who plan on running away bcause of previous hurtful experience ...more
Beth Wood
Sharon Creech is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. Although delivered with a lighthearted touch, this book covered some serious topics and will resonate with young teens trying to find their role in the world, and the balance between dependence and independence.

The main characters are twins Dallas and Florida, who have been in foster care all their lives. Creech does a nice job of detailing their trials and tribulations, and the coping mechanisms they have evolved, without bei
Orphans Florida and Dallas have an awfully interesting past, which unfolds throughout the story through flashbacks, sharing of memories, and mysteries that come back to haunt them in both good and bad ways. Raised primarily at the Boxton Creek Home by the "putrid" couple that runs the orphanage, they grow up thinking of themselves as the "trouble twins," spending plenty of time in the cellar as punishment for running, yelling, and being themselves. When Sairy and Tiller, an elderly couple, borro ...more
Natalie Guerrero
I'm reading the books on my kids Battle of the Books list of books for next year's competition. I want to be able to discuss all the books with them to help them prepare. So, this is one on the intermediate team's list (4th & 5th graders). About a boy and a girl who are orphans and twins. The author tells the sad story of their life at the orphanage and numerous foster home placements that didn't work out. Then they go to stay with Tiller and Sairy in Ruby Holler and we learn about the adven ...more
Lars Guthrie
OK, I have to read all of Creech's books. After reading 'Bloomability' last year, and now 'Ruby Holler,' and with 'Walk Two Moons,' 'Pleasing the Ghost,''Granny Torelli Makes Soup,' 'Chasing Redbird' and 'Love That Dog' already under my belt, I'm convinced she is one of the greats. And kids like the books, too. In 'Ruby Holler,' she once again captures just the exact way children express insecurity and anxiety and leavens those feelings with needed understanding and caring love. Florida and Dall ...more
Oh joy! A story about maltreated orphans who just want someone to love them. You almost never see one of those!

Why this book has won the regard of writers such as Pullman mystifies me. The story is hackneyed. The bad guys are such blueprint made to order cretins and the good guys full of such homespun folksy goodness as to be cringe worthy. One of the motifs of the book are the recipes that the fatherly Tiller concoct, getting-over-being-an-orphan stew, welcome-home bacon. What I could have use
Hannah Sroka
Ruby Holler begins in the Boxton Creek Home, an orphanage run by a strict couple, George and Marjorie Trepid. Thirteen year old Dallas Carter and his sassy twin sister, Florida Carter, have been stuck in this terrible orphanage since they were infants. They were dropped off in a produce box on the front door step. Dallas and Florida have always been severely punished for their mistakes. No matter what they did, they always got in trouble. They spent many days in the corner of a basement full of ...more
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When I read Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, I thought that it was a very good book, because it about two twins that are orphans. Their names are Dallas and Florida Carter. They live in an orphanage called the Boxton Creek Home, and live amongst eleven other children. I thought that it was a good book, because Dallas and Florida are orphans, not knowing who their real parents are. The managers of the orphanage are very strict and have lots of rules, which make
Murielle Cyr
RUBY HOLLER is a touching story of two orphaned twins, Dallas and Florida (named after the packing crate they were found in), who are abandoned at birth and brought up by two uncaring custodians of a group home for children. They experience only reject and abuse at the many foster homes they are placed in, only to be returned to the same custodians who consider them to be only 'trouble'. Their luck finally changes when they are matched with an older couple whose children have grown and left home ...more
Wayne S.
Thirteen-year-old Dallas and Florida Carter are orphaned "trouble twins" who live in Boxton Creek Home for Children run by greedy and neglectful Mr. and Mrs. Trepid. Tiller and Sairy Morey, a 65-year-old couple who live in nearby Ruby Holler, want to “borrow” the twins for a while to go on adventures with them, Florida with Tiller on a Rutagabo River boat trip and Dallas with Sairy on a visit to the island of Kangadoon. When they go back into town to pick up supplies, the twins accidentally tell ...more
My 11-year-old voracious-reader daughter loved this story and asked me to read it aloud to her as part of our nightly bedtime ritual. I liked it enough, but didn't love it. She and I are different enough that we still haven't found a book that we love equally, but we keep trying.

This is the story of two twin orphans, a boy named Dallas and a girl named Florida, who have had a rough, abusive start to their lives. The course of their lives change, however, when they live with an older, retired cou
Rebecca  Payton
"Ruby Holler", by Sharon Creech, is an extremely good book! This book leaves you with pictures in your head throughout the whole story. There's not a moment when I could put the book down! This is a story about twins, Dallas and Florida, who lived in a foster home their whole lives. They've been adopted from family to family, but their troubled ways always led them back to the foster home. Then, one day an elderly couple adopted them for the summer at their home. The magic that goes on in the el ...more
Olivia Lagore
Ruby Holler is the story of a pair of young orphans who have tried home after home, only to be returned to the orphanage. Sister Florida has always dealt with her problems confrontationally, if you push her, she will push back. Meanwhile, brother Dallas uses his imagination as an escape from reality. Everything changes, however, when the twins are taken by an elderly couple from the country who want them to help take a trip that the couple has been planning for decades.
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The best kind of kid's book (for me, an adult) are the ones that tell a story for kid readers but also speak to deeper life issues that can only be plumbed by the adult reader. This is a magical story of two kids hardened by the foster system who find refuge with a charming older couple named Tiller and Sairy. While the children ache with longing for home and family, the adults ache with missing their grown children and questions of who they are without the other. It captured some of my own unar ...more
Bryan Compton
The novel “Ruby Holler” begins in Boxton Creek Home which is an orphanage run by the strictest couple to ever live, Mr. and Mrs. Trepid. They post rules all over the orphanage in each room and if they are broken, there will be hell to pay. For example, twins Dallas and Florida (who got their names from the newspapers they were laying on when the beastly Trepid’s found them on their doorstep) broke the rules, they were sent to the basement and had to spend hours in “thinking corner” where is was ...more
"Ruby Holler" was about two orphans that get in a lot of trouble. They tried many homes, but they would get kicked out right away by the parents. The parents would bring them right back to the orphanage because the kids were too much trouble for them. The kids decided to run away on the midnight train one day to see what was on the outside of the world. People that like adventure books should read this one. The kids did a lot of cool things on their journey.
Mar 26, 2010 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is an excellent story, good plot, great characters, and well written. Warning: the chapter called "Rocker" made me cry, well, a lot. But that could be because both of my babies were asleep on my lap at the time.

Love this book, would recommend it to anyone. It is about love, trust, strength, optimisim.

I also love that it showcases so well two different types of love, that of a brother and sister, and that of a couple long married.
Stephanie Winchester
Ruby Holler is a story about two orphans that was written in 2002 by Sharon Creech. (view spoiler) ...more
This book wasn't really believable enough for me. The back stories of the twins were too tragic in a way. The characters didn't have much personality - Dallas is dreamy and Florida hates everything is about all I got of it. Sairy and Tiller were more well-rounded simply by the virtue of being older though those names are rather a strange choice on the authors part, at least the twins names are sort of explained by the fact that they were lying on pamphlets when found.

The writing style was very c
Another great Sharon Creech story, this one about twins who, after surviving some awful foster homes, are finally assigned to an older couple who live out in the woods. The quirky couple are so unique, that although the twins are afraid to believe they have found a home, they give in to their new "family."
This is my first Sharon Creech book. I think its strength lies in its setting and its characters but also in what it says about perspective. We look at various characters through the lenses of others and that shapes our ideas about the characters. But then we look at characters through a different lens and see them completely differently. You can take someone's word for who someone else is, or you can make up your own mind about someone. Mr. Trepid viewed the twins one way, and he also saw Z as ...more
My dad read it to me and it was very good, infact i think it is my favorite book because of all the characters. in my opinion it shoud become a movie and I am requesting that if you havn't ever read it I would read it. It is such a good book!! :)
Jessica Trufley
This would have never been a book I would have picked up myself, but it was pleasantly surprising. The story was good while you were reading it, but the reflection after reading it is not great. I feel there was so much build up, and at the end it just plateaued without any real resolution. I think it should have had 2-3 more chapters to really finish it up. I would compare it to watching 12 episodes of a 13 episode season, so the story lines were just beginning to wrap-up, but never did (you do ...more
Hannah Huttner
I loed the ending because it ties the whole book up becuase of the earlier events the twists just want to make you keep reading!
Loved the quirky characters, the setting, the plot ... I can highly recommend this book to my upper elementary students who like realistic fiction, and I can recommend it to adults who are in search of a sweet and satisfying read.

From Kirkus Review 3/15/2002
The trouble twins, Dallas and Florida, are given the opportunity to take a three-month vacation from the horrible orphanage that has been home. An elderly couple, Sairy and Tiller of Ruby Holler, wants help. Tiller would like to build a boat
I read this book on the recommendation of a 5th grader, and I loved it. The story is about two orphaned twins, Florida and Dallas, who have had an awful time with foster families and regain hope after getting asked to spend a summer with an elderly couple. I would expect the reading level to be around that of a 5th grader due to the chapters and lack of illustrations. This is a good book to just pick up and read, but it would serve well as a topic if a student had to do a book report. Between th ...more
Alexis Fiore
Florida and Dallas are siblings who have grown up in an orphanage. They have been in and out of several homes and throughout the story you learn about how they were treated in those homes. When an older couple, Sairy and Tiller, take the children to their home in Ruby Holler their adventure begins. It is a great story showing the love between siblings, husband and wife, and the love they all grow for one another. I really enjoyed this book and I loved the meaning it has. I think it is suitable f ...more
Riley Cruse
this book was really good!
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