Middle Grade Review: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech


The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 2, 2014)

Genre: Literature/fiction

Source: Stormy via ARC Cycling

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Ruby Holler will love her latest tween novel about finding family when you least expect it. The Boy on the Porch
is a singular story about opening your heart and discovering home in
unexpected places. Extras in the paperback tell of Sharon Creech’s
inspiration for the book!

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.

My Thoughts:

This is a thoughtful and heartfelt story of a childless couple that
discover an abandoned boy sleeping on their porch. His name is Jacob,
and he doesn’t speak. John and Marta learn to communicate with him in
other ways and grow to love him as if he is their own son.

Usually when a book is told from the perspective of an adult couple, it
doesn’t appeal to children. However, this book had both my kids
listening intently while I read to them. My six year old has told me
repeatedly what a good book it is, and that she wants me to read it to
her again. She really connected with the silent boy that
rides a cow and paints and plays guitar. When I read the last few lines
to her, she gasped, and with a big smile, shouted, “Hooray!”

As for me, this is the first book by Sharon Creech that I’ve connected
to. It’s simple, sweet, and beautifully told. It didn’t knock my socks
off, but I liked it a lot. The story is easy to follow and the
vocabulary is right on cue for the target age group. I’m calling this a

Content: clean


Disclaimer: I received this book from another blogger for review.  All thoughts are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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  • Reply
    Born Bookish
    April 10, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I haven't been blown away by any of Sharon Creech's books but I do enjoy them. I plan to check this one out!

    Amanda @ Born Bookish

    • Reply
      April 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Exactly! I've never understood the hype behind her books because they didn't blow me away, but I did like them. They are nice, but not incredible. Anyway, this was the first one that I liked more than in a "meh, it was alright" type of way. It was sweet and perfect for my kids.

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