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The Boy on the Porch [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Creech
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A young couple wakes up to find a strange boy asleep on their porch. At first they don't expect him to stay, but stay he does, and as the couple's connection to him grows, the three of them blossom into an unlikely family. But where has he come from and to whom does he belong?

'A page-turner for a reader of any age.' Publisher's Weekly

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"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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1592 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 May 2014
Wow! The most beautiful book I've read in ages. Very simple, but amazingly tender and powerful. Creech tells a tale with a lot of unanswered questions that leaves the reader wanting to know so much more about what happened. And yet there is a feeling of accomplishment, that lives have been touched as in real life we don't always know how, but it *does* make a difference. We are shown a small part of that difference when the lives of a couple cross paths with an abandoned boy on their porch. Splendidly written. It is with shame that I admit I have not read this award winning author before. Two things particularly stand out for me. The first is the timelessness of the story. It has no time period. We know the story takes place in the past as there are no modern conveniences, no one uses a phone and yet it is not that long ago as there are cars and attitudes feel closer to today than ages past. Is it the 40s, 50s or is it just a very rural, isolated area? The other aura of mystery surrounding the tale is the boy's condition. Being the mother of an autistic boy myself it seems very certain to me that Jacob is a non-verbal autistic, gifted in music and art whose stims consist of tapping. But his *condition* is never addressed directly or really ever a concern as to what his exact problem is. Jacob is just different and John and Marta who don't know much about children anyway accept him as he is and work with his abilities and what he *can* do. I loved this approach and found it so refreshing! The climax can possibly be seen as sad but the denouement brings a lasting tender sort of happiness and a reality that is genuine in the lives of foster parents and children. The final pages do however bring some closure along with those aching unanswered questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affecting and sweet story about becoming a parent 31 Dec. 2013
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
4.5 stars

A 'life-changing encounter' story. A boy is found asleep on a couple's porch with a note. Can they look after Jacob? He doesn't speak. But he has other abilities. And the childless couple are far from immune to falling in love with parenthood...

Sharon Creech writes for children and young adults. While this lovely tale is short, I'd really class it at YA or even an adult read - Jacob doesn't speak, it's told from the adult perspective and really, it's about parenthood and falling in love with your child. It's also sad. Jacob is very much the game-changer of the story, having an effect on those around him while staying almost the same from beginning to end himself.

It's a really sweet little story about being a parent, a family, and giving your love to a child. But not one I'd give to a 10-year-old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 12 April 2015
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My ten-year old is really enjoying this story.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
By Ruth
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The ending is perfect. The shoe collection is as epic as this couple's love for children.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 26 Sept. 2013
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on
A boy, about 6 or 7, is left on Marta and John's porch with a note (very poorly written) telling them that the boy's name is Jacob, and "we" will be back for him. The boy doesn't make noise, meaning he doesn't even speak. Marta and John think the parents might be back in a day or two. After that time, they start thinking maybe they should tell someone, but they don't. Eventually, the boy becomes part of their lives, just like their dog, Beagle, and the cow that was found tied to their fence. That happy time unfortunately must end when, as the note implied, someone comes back for him.

This is an extremely quick read, partly because it is short, and partly because it is amazing. So wonderfully written, I was quickly pulled into their lives within very few words. I have to say, I cried at the end, something I never do. Happy tears? Sad tears? You have to read to find out.

Kids grades 4-6, with some mature younger ones, will get a lot out of this charming story. There are obvious issues that are brought to light, such as right vs. wrong. The last few chapters show how one silent little boy can impact so many people's lives, including mine.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 15 Oct. 2013
By Wisconsin Buyer - Published on
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I thought Sharon Creech had another Newberry winner as I read this book. I was pulled into the story from page 1. The emotions the book portrayed were excellent. This is a book children and adults will both love. Children will learn a lot about the way the world works from the main characters. The direction the story takes after the heartbreak of losing the boy, sets a good example for readers as to how they can help the unwanted children of the world as they mend their own broken hearts. The shelf of shoes was my favorite part. This is a book I will never forget and the author should be very proud of, it is marvelous. Thank you, Sharon, for this heartwarming look into these characters' lives. Terrific book!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK 12 Sept. 2013
By The Sleeve - Published on
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The novel is simply written, but beautiful, profound, and full of mystery. It starts with a small boy left on a porch. He doesn't speak. However, he bonds with animals and responds to his guardians by tapping. Later, he shows remarkable talent for creating music and art. The appearance of his father is an OH NO moment. I won't spoil the book by telling the ending, but I will say that it is heartwarming.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, but for children? 24 Oct. 2013
By Heidi Grange - Published on
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When Jacob shows up on John and Marta's porch, neither one knows what to think. They welcome him to their home, feed him and clothe him and try in general to do right by him. But the boy doesn't talk and so they have no idea where he came from or who he really is. Despite all the questions they quickly grow to love the boy who has quite the talent for art and music and who enjoys riding the cow and playing with the dog. Well aware that the boy's family may be back for him, John and Marta try to find out his origins. Just as they are getting used to the idea of having him around permanently, disaster strikes. But John and Marta are forever changed and it leads to them making a surprising decision.

Strengths: As is to be expected from Sharon Creech, the writing is beautiful and spare. She manages to convey strong emotions in a surprisingly few words. And she's a master of the show don't tell mantra. I had no trouble connecting to John and Marta and Jacob. The theme of the story is masterfully presented. I loved the book.

Weaknesses: Who on earth is this book aimed at? The length and spare prose suggest the book is aimed at young readers. However the story is told from the adult point of view, which I find a bit odd for a children's book. I am really not sure who I would recommend the book to other than adults. This is a book that I would want to try out with kids before buying for my library, just to get a reaction. Sigh, which is too bad since it is a wonderful book. The other issue I had with the book was time period. I really don't have any idea what time period this is supposed to take place in and that threw me off a little bit not knowing what the legalities would be for keeping an abandoned child.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 7 Nov. 2013
By LibraryLady23 - Published on
I began reading the first few pages while I was processing the book for my school library and was immediately drawn in (as noticed by my principal when she walked in). Although it is not a long book, the range of emotions you stumble on while reading is wonderful. Ultimately it is a hopeful book, even throughout the sad moments, and I like the way it ended so simply. A Newbery selection for sure, this Sharon Creech title will make a great classroom read aloud and can lead to interesting discussions about the gray area surrounding right and wrong.
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