February 2010


WINNER OF THE 2002 CARNEGIE MEDAL

Ruby Holler is a beautiful and mysterious place, deep in the country, a “basin in the hills. . .where cool breezes drifted through the trees, and where the creek was so clear that every stone on its bottom was visible.” An older couple, Tiller and Sairy, live in the holler and are looking for new adventures, each of them hoping to set off on a trip. When they invite the “trouble twins,” Dallas and Florida, to join them, all of their lives take new turns.

Sharon Creech states:

About six years ago I received a letter from my aunt in which she related a story about my father when he was young. She ended the story with “and that was when we lived in the holler.” Holler? I hadn’t known about the holler and was intrigued by the notion of my father and his many siblings and parents living in this place.

I began to imagine the place, and as I did so, I knew it would be a great setting for a story, but it was several years before I began to see who the characters might be who would live in this holler. I think that the older couple, Tiller and Sairy, evolved because I was thinking of my grandparents living in a holler, and this couple resembles my grandparents in some ways.

The children, Dallas and Florida, probably came to life because I’d been thinking of my father as a mischievous child (that was evident in the original story my aunt told) and his equally-mischievous siblings.

via Sharon Creech.

Mom says:

Sharon Creech has written other books.  We’ll get them.

I wonder.  How could you set up a book circle or a book club blog for books you enjoy reading?

There has to be a way.

HUSH was a good book. The story was about a black family that had to go into the Witness Protection Program. The reason they had to do this is because the father witnessed the murder of a black teenage boy by two white cops. The cops got sent to jail, but the family had gotten threatening calls.
When the father tried to kill himself, didn’t it go through his mind how much harder it would be on his family if he were to die? What I wondered is, if the guys who killed the kid went to jail, why did the family have to stay in the witness protection program? Why were they in it in the first place? If everybody believed the cops that shot the kid, why would they need protecting? Unless I’m confused, and the cops don’t have you put in the witness protection program.

I think there could have been other people involved, that wanted to hurt the family for sending the shooters to jail. You said when they got the threatening calls, they weren’t from the shooters, so those people were probably the other ones that we involved.

In HUSH, the dad witnessed a murder. The person that was killed was a black teenage boy. The two cops that killed him said that he was reaching for a gun, but the dad was there, and saw the kid standing there with his hands up, not reaching for anything. The reason the cops killed the kid, was because he was black.  Because he was black, the two cops had fear. Then the fear let to behavior, which led to the boy being dead.

Now in real life, a man named Medgar Evers was killed for a similar reason. He was working to get blacks the right to vote. Since he was a black man getting people to vote, it was all about race. Both of the stories are about race. The teenage boy in HUSH was killed because he was black. Medgar Evers was killed because he was black.

Both, Medgar Evers, and the teenage boy were killed with the same reason in mind, emotion, and that emotion was fear. Then the fear led to irrational behavior, witch led to both of them being killed.

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HUSH was a good book. But, when the father tried to kill himself, didn’t it go through his mind, how much harder it would be on his family if he were to die? What I wondered is, if the guys who killed the kid went to jail, why did the family have to stay in the witness protection program? Why were they in it in the first place? If everybody belived the cops that shot the kid, why would they need protecting? Unless I’m confused, and the cops don’t have you put in the witness protection program.

Anyways, wasn’t Uncle Jim an alcoholic? I always thought, he just drank way to much, I never thought he was trying to kill himself. When did he die, I mean what year?

I think we should find more books like Ruby Holler. That was a good book.

Mom says:

And it was very good.

What’s the likelihood of that happening in our neighborhood?

It was a little about race, and a lot about pain

The father almost killed himself for himself to regain.

I don’t know if we’ve talked with you about a suicide,

But maybe it’s time, since it’s been four years

And that’s how your Uncle Jim died.

Mom says:

That’s a more thoughtful post.

Let me know when you finish reading HUSH, by Jacqueline Woodson.

the author of HUSH

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