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The Boy on the Porch

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Books

Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL youth services specialist

What would you do if you found a little boy, asleep, on your front porch? Would you call someone to report finding the little boy? Or would you simply take the little boy into your home?

This is the question that John and Marta are faced with one morning when they walk outside on their front porch. They figure out very quickly that the boy, whose name is Jacob, cannot (or won’t) speak. They have no idea where he came from, who left him there, or if anyone will even be returning for him. He is able to present them with a poorly written note from his pocket that says “Plees taik kair of Jacob. He is a god  good boy . Wil be bak wen we can.” Once again, what would you do?

So John and Marta took Jacob in. They learned how talented he was very quickly. He was an artist, a musician, and had developed his own way of speaking, even with animals. John did try to find out if there were any missing children in the area but to no avail. They watched and waited for someone to return every day for Jacob.  With each passing day they came to love Jacob that much more and he became a part of their family. And just as they became comfortable with their new situation, disaster strikes and forever changes all the parties that involved.

The Boy on the Porch, by Sharon Creech, is a truly amazing read. Although it’s considered a children’s book, it is a wonderful story that will touch the heart of any adult. This book grabbed me from the very beginning and did not let go until the very end. A definite recommended read. But beware, you may need some tissues!

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who’s That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

If you would like to read a book by Sharon Creech, or another author, just stop by Boyd County Public Library and we’ll fix you right up. You can also use our online catalog (just click here) to put a hold on any item.

Amanda Gilmore

About Amanda Gilmore

Amanda Gilmore is the community relations coordinator for BCPL. She spent 20 years in the newspaper business, and is thrilled to be on the other side - telling our community about all the wonderful library programs and services.

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