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Sixth-grader recommends books for early teens

Sixth-grader Miah Pitcher is an avid reader who serves on the advisory committee to Meagan’s Place at the Ruby Sisson Library, choosing books for this special section of the library devoted to books and games of interest to early teens in the sixth through ninth grades.

Miah lives in Pagosa Springs with her parents and two little sisters. She loves reading, sports, dancing, writing, acting, listening to and playing music, and skiing in the winter. In her spare time she’s usually either inside with a book or enjoying the outdoors.

In this 19th in an occasional series of Pagosa Reads book reviews in The SUN, Miah describes “Ruby Holler” by Sharon Creech, which is available at the Sisson Library. It is hoped that this series of book reviews will encourage more teens to read and to discuss their favorite books with family and friends.

Miah’s review:

“Twins Dallas and Florida want nothing more than to escape the ghastly orphanage where they have been sent to terrible places. However, the next family they are sent to is different.

“Sairy and Tiller, their new foster parents, live in a beautiful meadow called Ruby Holler that is almost a magical place. They are much nicer than everyone else Dallas and Florida have been sent to.

“The two learn they are each going to accompany Tiller and Sairy on separate trips. Though scared to part, they agree to go. They decide to go on pre-trips to test the equipment, and the outcome is funny, exciting and heartwarming as strengths are tested, friendships are made and secrets are revealed.”