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Ruby Holler

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  13,286 Ratings  ·  1,019 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2002 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
Sandra Bašić
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dallas i Florida, blizanci iz dječjeg doma, koje nitko ne voli jer su zločesti, grozni, nemogući, neodgojeni i još puno toga. Ali kad se dosele u Rubindol, prekrasnu zelenu dolinu, kako bi živjeli sa bračnim parom Morey, naučit će svašta, prvenstveno o ljubavi i uvažavanju.

Sanja A., hvala ti još jednom na preporuci!
Emily M
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Beth Wood
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 you get a st
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruby Hart
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Sroka
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wayne Walker
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna Matos
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed “Ruby Holler” by Sharon Creech, because it deals with serious subjects that a kid might go through. The book deals with two children named Dallas and Florida; they are orphans and are referred to as the trouble twins. They travel from house to house in search of places to stay but end up getting kicked out of all the places they move to.

“Ruby Holler” begins in the Boxton Creek Home, an orphanage ran by a strict couple, George and Marjorie Trepid. They were dropped off as infants in a p
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twins Dallas and Florida Carter got their names from the travel brochures tucked under them in the fruit box in which they were left on the doorstep of Mr. and Mrs. Trepid's miserable orphanage in Boxton. At age 13, they haven't just given up on being placed with a family; they are terrified of it, after such experiences as being locked in a pitch-dark basement all night and forced to dig a well, being bullied by their foster siblings, and being accused of stealing by a foster father.

Then an ol
Kiana S
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

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
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
Murielle Cyr
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was getting tired of trying out books with too much swearing and sex, so I looked up the children's books, that were recommended on facebook. I have read many of them, and they are favorites of mine.

Ruby Holler is about a set of twins, who are brother and sister. They were left at an orphanage, as babies, in a produce box. They have several placements, with unkind people, and they are always described as being trouble. When they are teenager, an older couple comes to the orphanage to get a co
Rebecca  Payton
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this out loud to my son Jack. We read a lot, but this is long enough to count towards my reading challenge, haha! We both really enjoyed it and there were quite a few incidents that caused him to bust out laughing. We found the girl named Florida to be quite spunky and hilarious, and "putrid" is his new favorite word. There was also quite a bit of sad imagery involving the bad homes the foster children ended up in, and that bothered him quite a bit.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andd Becker
Ruby Holler is a place -- not much of a place, if you judge it by money/materialism standards. Some carefully-drawn, kind characters live there and create an unforgettable feeling that it is not a bad place to live.
Two children find themselves cast into a different lifestyle, and they wrestle with the decision of whether to leave the holler.
The book is excellent for classroom discussions.
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."
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!! :)
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!
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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).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of
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