13-year old orphan twins Dallas and Florida have been in and out of the Boxton Creek Children’s Home for as long as they can remember. Mistreated by the cruel and greedy Mr. and Mrs. Trepid, the owners of the Children’s Home, Dallas and Florida were sent at various times to live with other equally horrid people, who inevitably would proclaim the brother and sister “trouble twins” and send them back to the Home. But when they come to stay with Sairy and Tiller, an elderly couple who live in the beautiful but remote Ruby Holler, the twins experience kindness and acceptance for the first time in their lives. The twins are surprised to find that they aren’t in big trouble when minor accidents happen, like a broken window, a broken woodcarving, or a run-away attempt. Because they have no experience with kindness and understanding from adults, it takes the brother and sister a while to loosen up and warm up to the old couple. Tiller and Sairy are accomplished woodcarvers, who can unhurriedly look at a piece of wood and see what shape is trapped inside, just waiting to come out. The elderly couple shows the same patience with Dallas and Florida – who, like raw pieces of wood, have something beautiful inside, waiting to be recognized and set free. Winner of the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, and a Newbery Honor medal for The Wanderer, Creech has once again created quirky characters and a strong sense of place.