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Ruby Holler

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  15,057 ratings  ·  1,133 reviews
From Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winning author of Walk Two Moons, comes a heartwarming adventure about finding family, and a home, when you least expect it.

Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel, and with its quirky protagonists and exciting journey, captures the imaginations of readers of all ages.  

Brother and sister Dallas and Florida are the “trouble twins/>Ruby
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Hayley Kirkland
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Yusra  ✨
This was super cute and memorable and family-based 💕
I loved me some Florida and Dallas everyday tbh, I’ve read it so many types it’s not funny 😂
but for real, this is a super good read. Despite it being middle grade, I could still read this and enjoy it.
Emily McCormack
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 6th grade and it is still my favorite book! This book was full of suspense, adventure, and revealed an amazing message in th end
Lars Guthrie
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious and adorable and I loved every second of it. I would totally recommend it to anyone who likes a fun and cute story to read! It is also appropriate for all ages, so anyone can enjoy it!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I would have loved this as a pre-teen. Easy read, and wonderful characters. I loved the humor in it. I loved what great examples Sairy and Tiller were. A simple fun read with many great life lessons interweaved. Definitely recommend it.
Peter Panic McDaniel
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
Natalie Guerrero
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adolescent-lit
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
Amy Layton
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade-lit
I read this when I was much younger and didn't really have a recollection of it besides a tree, a rock, and an extremely small town.  As it would turn out, there was indeed a tree with meaning, hidden rocks, and an extremely small town, so I'm glad my past self at least remembered some of the symbolism in this book.  

Truly though, reading it now was so emotional.  Half the time my hand was placed over my heart, because as an adult I now have a much bigger understanding of the trouble
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers 11-17, adventure lovers
The fourth and final book of my Creech Craze, Ruby Holler gets the highest marks as it was my favorite of the four.

I think part of the reason is the lovable characters. Aside from being an orphan and all, Florida reminded me a lot of myself, in both good ways and bad (mostly bad). I love the way each of them reacts to a certain situation, and I smiled at all their adorable traits and mishaps. And the way you could tell they had the southern accents through just the words was so wonderful.<
Isabel Angeles
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
This was a beautiful, whimsical book which could speak to any kid that is finding it hard to trust others after past experiences. I enjoyed witnessing the character development of Dallas and Florida, the two orphan twins, and their reliance upon each other throughout each of their hardships. Sharon Creech has an amazing knack for demonstrating the complexity of her characters through small yet revealing nuances described through masterful imagery. Many of these nuances can be seen in the people ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Darby Krugel
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
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Siblings Florida and Dallas are known as the “Trouble Twins” at the Braxton Home for Children. Florida and Dallas have spent their lives being shuffled around from one foster home to the next, only to be returned to the putrid Braxton Home and its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Trepid. An elderly couple, Tiller and Sairy, come looking for some kids who can help them on their upcoming trips and take the twins back to their cabin in Ruby Holler. Florida and Dallas expect the worse treatment possible but are ...more
Beth Wood
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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
Erika Rohlfes
Dec 09, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9
The book Ruby holler is about the 2 twins, Dallas and Florida, are orphans who are known as the
"trouble twins" in their orphanage, how they give up on finding someone that will keep them and take good care of them. Then Tiller and Sairy show up. They lived in a little cabin in a place called Ruby Holler,that the twins find magical and free. Throughout the story they go on exciting adventures, making their bond grow stronger.

This book has good and bad parts to it. The writing makes
Ruby Hart
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because it included part of my name and had an interesting cover, but soon after reading some of this book i realized that it doesn't need a good name or a good cover it needs a good story. And this book has exactly that.
Savannah Quinlan
i recomend this book because it has alot of fun twists and turns and it has a amazing back story for the twins
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
two orphans, Florida and Dallas, are twin brother and sister. they are the oldest at the orphnage and the loudest, craziest of all the children. after being adopted by many horrible families then being returned, they get adopted by the moreys. they think it's going to be as bad as the other families, but it turns out to be the best expeirence of their lives.

in the book it said that floridas stomach was like an empty sack, of course meaning she was hungry. the book then said that dall
Samantha Watson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reading
Family is something you never forget. But when you're in a situation like Florida and Dallas, who have been in multiple foster families, you forget what it means to be loved. And then they come to Ruby Holler, where Tiller and Sairy show them just how much love and adventure mean.

I loved this book! Dallas and Florida were very unique characters, as were Tiller and Sairy, making the book more fun though their personalities.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the characters and the plot. I was disappointed in the ending. Left me with questions and I guess a reader doesn’t mind imagining the ending - for me - I do like clear endings and I think most children do to. All in all good book. Could bring out interesting discussions with my students about family.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Ruby Holler was another book my 12-year-old heart devoured over and over in middle school. I actually still own my original copy of this because even know, almost 8 years later I can't part with this book.
Melanie Beadles
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Imaginative and fun! I would definitely recommend this to a middle schooler, particularly in 6th grade.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serviceable YA book about all kids deserving to feel safe and loved. Even obnoxious orphans who break everything.

May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This book has a good story line and a happy ending. The way it ends makes you think that there should be a sequel to it, but I don't believe there is one.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. Every time we had to stop reading to go on to history I did not want to stop. Every end of a chapter left me wanting to read more.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a well written book by a talented writer. I would love this book to be made into a movie!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great exposure to (and discussion of) some heavier subject matter, including abandonment, abuse (nothing overly descriptive), foster care, etc. The story was uplifting and encouraging despite the melancholy undertones as you realize what the twins suffered through for most of their childhood. That’s why I love me some good middle grade fiction! Touches just enough on the hard stuff in life. Good character relationships and ends on a happy note. I wish there was a sequel.
Hannah Sroka
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
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