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Ruby Holler



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Dallas and Florida, dubbed the "trouble twins," have been shuffled between foster families all their lives. Filled with humor and poignancy, this delightful book by the Newbery Medalist is about a special place where it's never too late to be loved.

Author Biography

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor winner The Wanderer. Her other novels include Love that Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost. She is also the author of two picture books, A Fine, Fine School and Fishing in the Air. After spending eighteen years teaching and writing in Europe, Sharon Creech and her husband have returned to the United States to live

Table of Contents

The Silver Birdp. 1
The Boxton Creek Homep. 4
Ruby Hollerp. 12
Mushp. 14
Thinking Cornersp. 21
The Opportunityp. 25
Doubtsp. 31
Hansel and Gretelp. 34
The Godp. 41
The Eggp. 43
The Grumpp. 48
Workp. 50
Gravyp. 54
Woodp. 67
Conversations in the Nightp. 73
The Axep. 81
The Rockerp. 86
The Trepidsp. 90
Understone Fundsp. 95
Through the Hollerp. 101
Lost and Foundp. 105
A Trip to Boxtonp. 112
Readyp. 120
Tiller and Sairyp. 127
The Holler at Nightp. 133
Shack Talkp. 145
Trialsp. 148
Mrs. Trepidp. 157
Decisionsp. 161
Nightmaresp. 166
Medicinep. 168
Paddling and Hikingp. 172
Z's Reportp. 179
Bearingsp. 184
Stiffp. 188
A Long Chainp. 192
Word Picturesp. 195
Surveyingp. 197
The Worrywartsp. 199
Babies in the Boxp. 206
Shoppingp. 212
Dorkheadp. 218
Loopsp. 220
Progressp. 224
The Rockp. 226
Stones in the Hollerp. 229
Runningp. 231
More Shoppingp. 232
Underwaterp. 239
The Feelingp. 241
Zp. 247
The One-Log Raftp. 251
The Duncesp. 253
Slow Motionp. 257
On the Roadp. 259
On the Riverp. 264
The Soggy Heartp. 268
Preparationsp. 271
Investmentsp. 275
Hospital Talkp. 278
Mr. Trepid's Adventurep. 282
Jewelsp. 287
Mission-Accomplished Cakep. 291
Appraisalsp. 294
Conversations in the Nightp. 298
Dreamsp. 306
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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.

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