Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech
310 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by BookGenius

Wonderful read, but some morality issues.


The "Trouble Twins", Dallas and Florida, are adopted by eccentric old couple Sairy and Tiller and taken to the mysterious "Ruby Holler" to live. The twins long for a place to call home, and Ruby Holler might just be it.


Mr. and Mrs. Trepid lie throughout the story, but in the end, they pay for it. Two teen boys steal, and twice in the story a bird comes and tells one of the twins about a place where everything is magic. It's not clear whether this encounter is the boy's imagination, real, or a dream. Also, a man does think about what happened to his divorced wife, but that's as far as it goes.

Spiritual Content



One of the twins imagines one of his old foster parents falling into a snake pit, and another one getting dropped in the road by a bird.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

One of the twins calls everything she doesn't like "putrid." "Golly" and "heck" are used.


I would recommend this book to anyone, any age. It was a good read that had a good message. There really isn't anything it that would discourage me from recommending it to anyone.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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