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The Boy on the Porch

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In this moving story, Carnegie Medal winner Sharon Creech poignantly reminds us of the surprising relationships that can bloom when generosity and unconditional love prevail.

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Sharon Creech is an internationally acclaimed author who lives in Maine with her husband. You can visit her website:


Newbery Medalist Creech's slim, understated story about a young childless couple who find a small boy of indeterminate age asleep on their farmhouse porch one morning has a fablelike quality. Accompanied only by a note reading, "Plees taik kair of Jacob. He is a god good boy. Wil be bak wen we can," the boy doesn't speak, but he overflows with creative gifts and has an affinity for communicating with animals. The novel is set in a rural area, where town means a general store, a schoolhouse, and a sheriff's office, and in an earlier era-telephones aren't commonplace, but trucks, cars, and trailers are standard. Creech's quiet tale movingly follows Marta and John's evolution from puzzlement over Jacob's mysterious appearance to a deepening love for him and a fear that somebody will return to claim him. While the target audience may not find the novel's point of view, which is focused entirely on the adult couple, initially compelling, the suspense surrounding Jacob's origins and his future makes it a page-turner for readers of any age. Ages 8-12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"A gem of a book, beautifully written" * We Love This Book * "A touching modern fairy story . . . Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly." * Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading, Book of the Month * "A thoughtful story about the emotions of parenting and how children can bring joy to your life." -- Vanessa Lewis * Booksellers' Choice, The Bookseller * "A poignant look at families and love from Carnegie Medal winner Creech" -- Fiona Noble * Editor's Choice, The Bookseller * "Sharon Creech writes with beautiful economy and her stories successfully inhabit that hinterland between real life and other-worldliness." -- Joy Court, librarian * Reading Zone *

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