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  • Ruby Holler
    726 words
    Satisfyingly scary monsters Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech 320 pp, Bloomsbury Sharon Creech, who won the Newbery Medal (the most important American children's book award) with Walk Two Moons, is a skilful storyteller, whose books I always read with pleasure. Ruby Holler concerns the adventures of the orphan twins Florida (a girl) and Dallas (a boy), who are named after the tourist pamphlets in the box in which they were abandoned as babies. When the story begins they are 13, and living in the Boxt...
  • Sabine
    418 words
    Ghosts galore in a Massachusetts village. Sabine Heartwood passed through Moose River Junction years ago with her mother, an itinerant fortuneteller. Raised on the road as Ruby crisscrossed the country in her battered VW minibus, Sabine longed to settle down and was inexplicably drawn to this rural hamlet, where everyone knows everyone. Now that one of the town's favorite sons has returned for his grandmother Beatrice's funeral, at least there's something to talk about. Danforth Smith is an up-a...
  • Used Birth Stones
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    From prehistoric shamans to modern consumerism birth stones have been a part of human life. Beginning as magical talismans, they have been used for thousands of years to cure the sick, strengthen the weak, and decorate the rich. Birth stones are a modern fad powered by the wisdom of history. In prehistoric times, every village had a shaman, or witch. The shaman would cast spells to do all sorts of things within the village. After time, shamans discovered that different rocks and minerals did dif...
  • Laser Light
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    The Laser Before we can learn about the laser we need to know a little bit about light (since that is what a laser is made of). Light from our sun, or from an electric bulb, is called white light. It is really a mixture of all the different colours of light. The colours range from violet, indigo, and blue, to green, yellow, orange, and red. These make up the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Light is made up of particles, called PHOTONS, which travel in waves. The difference in the c...
  • Red Color Of The Ruby
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    The ruby has been admired by man throughout he ages. It has been coveted for it's captivating color and rarity. It is made of surprisingly simple elements, and can be found mostly in southern Asia. It has been a symbol of love since ancient times, and is still highly prized and very expensive today. The ruby is a made of corundum, which is a mineral form of aluminum oxide. It comes in all shades of red, including pink. Sapphires are also made of corundum, and include nearly all colors of the spe...
  • Explained Ruby
    1,646 words
    Ruby looked up from her cold mug of coffee just as a mysterious man walked into the diner. the sound of the bells on the door handle had startled her and interrupted her usual day dreaming. She watched the man from her counter stool as he seated himself at a nearby booth. He gazed out the window with a troubled look on his face and finally turned and met eyes with Ruby. He offered her a kind smile but Ruby turned her head quickly out of embarrassment. She hadn't even realized she was starring at...
  • Revelation To Ruby Turpin
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    Two Sides to Every Story Flannery O Connor's short story Revelation is the perfect example of dramatic irony. O Connor gives us, the reader, an insight into two sides of the central character, Ruby Turpin. Ruby Turpin sees herself as a kind person with a good disposition. As a reader we can see a very different side of Ruby Turpin. Ruby Turpin sees herself as a respectable, hard-working, church-going woman. (Pg. 989) Ruby Turpin measures all things and sees all people through the frame of her ow...
  • Ruby Turpin Of Revelation
    570 words
    Before even reading or hearing about Flannery O Connor's background, I thought that she was a he and his works would be about the Irish in the 40's and 50's. So it was a quite a shock to learn that Flannery was a) a woman and b 0 she writes about life in the South. She spent most of her life in the South in a Christian household, which finds its way into her work. Revelation was written in 1965 and focuses on one day in the life of Ruby and Claude Turpin. The very title of the story brings us ba...
  • Victim Of Loss Like Ruby
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    Jimmy and Ruby are the most obvious victims in Stolen, but all suffer in their different ways. Discuss The most obvious victims in a tragedy like the Stolen generation are those in whom the pain and suffering endured is visible to all. Jane Harrison's 'Stolen' presents Ruby and Jimmy as the most obvious victims but not necessarily the greatest, as may be naively assumed. The remaining characters, Anne, Shirley and Sandy all suffer huge depths of despair, yet their suffering appears to lessen to ...
  • Parents Ruby
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    Understandably, all literature, especially novels, is written to in some way allude to real life. Charles Frazier sets his novel, Cold Mountain, one hundred and forty years ago, yet the characters bear very close resemblance to real people of today. This novel teaches the reader many lessons about his own life. The characters show the reader that there are types of intelligence other that the easily measured book smarts and one should not judge someone by his looks or occupation. Also Inman show...

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