August 18, 2013

The Boy on the Porch

cover image of The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech

John and Marta, a young couple, discover a sleeping boy on their front porch. He is about 8 or 9 years old and has a brief note attached introducing him as Jacob. The boy doesn't speak but paints, plays music, and communicates with animals. As they encourage his creative talents John and Marta grow to love him - they dread the day someone might return to claim Jacob. Set in a rural area, this quiet novel stands out with its lyrical prose and heartfelt connections. The suspense surrounding Jacob's history makes the novel a page-turner for all ages. Another gem from the Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons (1994) The Wanderer (2000) and Ruby Holler (2002) Ages 9-12