Ruby Holler /

by Creech, Sharon.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books/Harper Collins Publishers, c2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: 310 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0060277327 :; 0060277335 (lib. bdg).Title notes: $16.99 7-2006 (db)Subject(s): Orphans -- Fiction | Twins -- Fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Wood carvers -- Fiction | Country life -- Fiction | Voyages and travels -- Fiction | Orphans -- Juvenile fiction | Twins -- Juvenile fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Wood-carvers -- Juvenile fiction | Country life -- Juvenile fiction | Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction | Chapter booksOnline resources: Publisher description Summary: 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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<p>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.</p> <p>Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel, and with its quirky protagonists and exciting journey, captures the imaginations of readers of all ages. </p> <p>Brother and sister Dallas and Florida are the "trouble twins." In their short thirteen years, they've passed through countless foster homes, only to return to their dreary orphanage, Boxton Creek Home.</p> <p>Run by the Trepids, a greedy and strict couple, Boxton Creek seems impossible to escape. When Mr. Trepid informs the twins that they'll be helping old Tiller and Sairy Morey go on separate adventures, Dallas and Florida are suspicious.</p> <p>As the twins adjust to the natural beauty of the outdoors, help the Tillers prepare for their adventures, and foil a robbery, their ultimate search for freedom leads them home to Ruby Holler.</p>

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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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1. The Silver Bird (p. 1)
  • 2. The Boxton Creek Home (p. 4)
  • 3. Ruby Holler (p. 12)
  • 4. Mush (p. 14)
  • 5. Thinking Corners (p. 21)
  • 6. The Opportunity (p. 25)
  • 7. Doubts (p. 31)
  • 8. Hansel and Gretel (p. 34)
  • 9. The God (p. 41)
  • 10. The Egg (p. 43)
  • 11. The Grump (p. 48)
  • 12. Work (p. 50)
  • 13. Gravy (p. 54)
  • 14. Wood (p. 67)
  • 15. Conversations in the Night (p. 73)
  • 16. The Axe (p. 81)
  • 17. The Rocker (p. 86)
  • 18. The Trepids (p. 90)
  • 19. Understone Funds (p. 95)
  • 20. Through the Holler (p. 101)
  • 21. Lost and Found (p. 105)
  • 22. A Trip to Boxton (p. 112)
  • 23. Ready (p. 120)
  • 24. Tiller and Sairy (p. 127)
  • 25. The Holler at Night (p. 133)
  • 26. Shack Talk (p. 145)
  • 27. Trials (p. 148)
  • 28. Mrs. Trepid (p. 157)
  • 29. Decisions (p. 161)
  • 30. Nightmares (p. 166)
  • 31. Medicine (p. 168)
  • 32. Paddling and Hiking (p. 172)
  • 33. Z's Report (p. 179)
  • 34. Bearings (p. 184)
  • 35. Stiff (p. 188)
  • 36. A Long Chain (p. 192)
  • 37. Word Pictures (p. 195)
  • 38. Surveying (p. 197)
  • 39. The Worrywarts (p. 199)
  • 40. Babies in the Box (p. 206)
  • 41. Shopping (p. 212)
  • 42. Dorkhead (p. 218)
  • 43. Loops (p. 220)
  • 44. Progress (p. 224)
  • 45. The Rock (p. 226)
  • 46. Stones in the Holler (p. 229)
  • 47. Running (p. 231)
  • 48. More Shopping (p. 232)
  • 49. Underwater (p. 239)
  • 50. The Feeling (p. 241)
  • 51. Z (p. 247)
  • 52. The One-Log Raft (p. 251)
  • 53. The Dunces (p. 253)
  • 54. Slow Motion (p. 257)
  • 55. On the Road (p. 259)
  • 56. On the River (p. 264)
  • 57. The Soggy Heart (p. 268)
  • 58. Preparations (p. 271)
  • 59. Investments (p. 275)
  • 60. Hospital Talk (p. 278)
  • 61. Mr. Trepid's Adventure (p. 282)
  • 62. Jewels (p. 287)
  • 63. Mission-Accomplished Cake (p. 291)
  • 64. Appraisals (p. 294)
  • 65. Conversations in the Night (p. 298)
  • 66. Dreams (p. 306)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Ruby Holler Chapter One The Silver Bird Dallas leaned far out of the window, his eyes fixed on a bird flying lazily in the distance. Sun slanted through the clouds above, as if a spotlight were aimed on the bird. A silver bird, Dallas thought. A magical silver bird. The bird turned suddenly, veering south over the small town of Boxton, toward the faded yellow building and the window from which Dallas leaned. Dallas stretched his arm out. "Here!" he called. "Over here!" The bird swooped toward him and then rose up over the building, high, high into the air, over the alley and the train tracks and the dried-up creek. Dallas watched it rise on the air currents over one brown hill and then another, until it disappeared. He tried to follow it in his mind. He imagined it flying on until it spied a narrow green valley, a scooped-out basin with a creek looping and winding its way through the center. He pictured it swooping down from the sky into this basin in the hills, to this place where cool breezes drifted through the trees, and where the creek was so clear that every stone on its bottom was visible. Maybe the silver bird had flown home. "Get out of that window!" a voice shouted from below. "No leaning out of windows!" Dallas leaned a little farther out and called down to Mr. Trepid. "Did you see that silver bird?" "Get out of that window, or you're going to join your sister down here pulling weeds," Mr. Trepid threatened. Dallas spotted his sister, Florida, inching her way along the sidewalk, wrenching clumps of weeds and grass and dirt from the ground. "Putrid weeds," Florida snarled, heaving a clod of dirt over her shoulder. Dallas watched as the clod landed on Mr. Trepid's back and as the man scuttled over to Florida and whacked her on the head. Dallas wished the silver bird would return and snare Mr. Trepid and carry him high up over the town and then drop him, splat, in the middle... Ruby Holler . Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate, Middle School) Midway along the road between Lemony Snicket's ironical nightmares and the luminous logic of Tuck Everlasting lies Ruby Holler. Here, too, villains are avaricious and events schematic, designed as much to support the author's ideas as to propel her protagonists' fortunes. Twins Dallas and Florida, thirteen, have been placed by orphanage proprietors Mr. and Mrs. Trepid (who as villains would be right at home in a Dickens or a Dahl novel) in yet another foster home, the first to treat them kindly. Tiller and Sairy, who much resemble the affectionate grandparents in Creech's Walk Two Moons, live in idyllic Ruby Holler, where they cook wholesome meals and support themselves with their exquisite wood carvings of forest creatures. In a bracing dose of reality, even this saintly pair's patience is strained by the twins, whose lifetime of abuse has left them both mischievous and lacking normal skills. Still, they are drawn into the old couple's plans for separate life-affirming journeys, each with one twin. Though their well-founded suspicions of an unfriendly world persist, Dallas and Florida begin to blossom in time to help foil the Trepids and to pitch in, sometimes heroically, where help is needed. Brief chapters, swift action, a hint of mystery concerning the twins' origins, generous doses of humor, engagingly quirky characters, and a lively, kid-friendly voice will all recommend this to a wide range of young readers. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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