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The Boy on the Porch by [Creech, Sharon]
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The Boy on the Porch Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Length: 165 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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: 1584 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EEYRJSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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I found this story very interesting and enjoyable. The end of the book spoilt the whole thing thing for me, because there was NO ending. Very annoying, it was as though the author had suddenly lost interest grrr.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have recommended this book more than 35 times.
I loved it and this is one book that I could read over and over again. :)
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