LOL - Ruby Holler

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ruby Holler.jpgBooks that make me laugh out loud are so much fun.   The classic SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS by Wilson Rawls always comes to mind when I think about laughing books.   There's a red paint scene in RUBY HOLLER by Sharon Creech (Joanna Cotler Books, 2002) that made me laugh so hard, I couldn't read it aloud to my husband without busting up.   However, RUBY HOLLER is about way more than laughter.   There's kindness, compassion and love--it's a very heartwarming story that I know I'll be returning to.

Here's a brief intro:   Dallas and Florida are orphans living in a scummy orphanage.   They always get brought back because they are "trouble" twins when they go home with someone.   This time they go home for a temporary stay with two elderly people, Tiller and Sairy, who each want to go on a trip and think having a young person companion would be good.   The kids are amazed when Tiller and Sairy don't punish them for mistakes.

This books is a very worthwhile read.  And, of course, if you've never read anything else by Sharon Creech, you'll probably want to after reading this one.  Here's her website:

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