Published in 2002, Ruby Holler still speaks to today’s middle grade reader. Sharon Creech weaves a magical world with her homey laid back style of writing. The reader is quickly wisked away into the story of orphan twins, Dallas and Florida.
I was hooked at the first few sentences: “Dallas leaned far out 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.”
Twins, Dallas and Florida live in the Boxton Creek Home for Children. The Trepid’s have created so many rules, that the twins are destined to fail. The twins are placed in many homes. Due to no fault of their own they are returned to the home.
Dallas and Florida have given up and being wanted by a family when Sairy and Tiller show up. Sairy and Tiller are an older couple whose children have already grown and left. They’re looking for assistance for their summer adventures, Dallas and Florida are just the ticket.
That’s when we learn about the magical place, Ruby Holler. When Dallas and Florida arrive they find a place beyond anything they could have imagined. But, both are highly suspicious of everyone and everything, and they plan to leave on the first train they can hop.
The story of Dallas and Florida continue as they try to adjust to life in Ruby Holler. There’s a mysterious character who shows up, plotting by the Trepids, a trial run of the adventure and an accident on the river.
Any young reader, boy or girl, will enjoy Ruby Holler and the magic that it holds. In the back of the readers mind, always the question of wondering if Dallas and Florida will get to stay in Ruby Holler.