The Boy on the Porch

The Boy on the Porch

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Release Date
September 03, 2013
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0061892351
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Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler will love her latest tween novel about finding family when you least expect it. When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob can't explain his history. All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for him. And, as their connection and friendship with Jacob grow, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family and begin to see the world in brand-new ways. The Boy on the Porch is a singular story about opening your heart and discovering home in unexpected places.

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The Boy on the Porch is a beautiful story about family and love. It feels like a fable in the truest form. Although geared for young readers, this feels more like a family read or read aloud. The story is told through the adults’ point of view and is a story about their journey of loss and unconditional love. It is a story of the transformation of John and Marta- their lives before Jacob and after Jacob arrives on their front porch.

Sharon Creech did a marvelous job getting the read to feel both the pain of loss and the warm fuzzy feelings. It is a book about people finding ways to communicate and relate with those around them and the world. The chapters are short and help build the story’s fast pace. It is beautifully written. The plot is well organized and the mystery surrounding Jacob keeps the story moving.

This is a great book about foster parenting, children, and how relationships both big and small can end up enriching our lives beyond our expectations. Sweet and Honest. It was a great read to warm my heart on a cold snowing evening.

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