Sharon Creech. I am not sure why it took me so long to get around to Ruby Holler. There were more than a few goofy comments about the book on goodreads that weren't flattering. Like "just another runaway book." Which is totally weird because Florida and Dallas, the twins who have been bounced around from one retched foster home to another never really run away. So I just don't get that one at all. Another reader who gave the book only 3 stars says, "at first the girls..." Well, the deal is...Dallas is a boy and Florida is a girl. Other people complained that the ending didn't wrap up nicely, all the while saying lacked depth and subtlety. Um. Okay. Another person who ripped on the book said the he has been reading the Newbery winners and Honor Books lately and well, that's nice, thanks for sharing, but um. Ruby Holler was neither.
This book is magical. A fair and honest portrayal of the foster care system, too.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.