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Thirteen-year-old Ratchet spends a summer in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts Tilly and Penpen, hearing strange stories from the past and encountering a variety of unusual and colorful characters.
* “Readers are in for a wise and wacky ride.” —School Library Journal, starred review
* “Unruly, unpredictable and utterly compelling. . . . Readers may find themselves wondering just how far Horvath will go with her uncensored, Mad Hatter humor—and they won’t be disappointed with her steering.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Alternately dark and humorous, Polly Horvath’s imagination is always a treat.” —The Chicago Tribune
National Book Award Winner
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Fanfare, The Horn Book’s Honor List
A Kirkus Editor’s Choice
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
|Mrs. Menuto Loses Her Head||9|
|Tilly's Brief But Oddly Satisfying Marriage||46|
|The Blueberry Business||58|
|Dr. Richardson's Long Arm||97|
|The Gardening Hat||118|
|The Canning Season||180|
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Posted June 8, 2012
A great tween book. Good lessons regarding displacement and disappointment. A beautiful story about finding family and happiness in the strangest of places. Highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2005
A fun and fantastic book that you'll love as much as your child... A little weird... and little 'controversial' because the characters actually have a life of their own. They actually say things in funny ways that you would expect a 'real' person to say... but not a book character. Get it NOW! This book is truely l-i-t-e-r-a-t-u-r-e in the purest sense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2004
Posted January 9, 2004
But I loved this book! It was so touching, and wacky, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read Horvath's other books. It was GREAT! The relationships are abnormal, happy, and painful, kind of like life sometimes is. But in the end all the pain and all the neglect the characters go through, are rewarded with an ending I percieve as happy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2004
I'm not a kid (DOB mid-1900s) but found this book to be a joy. I purchase so many books that leave me cold -- lacking human spirit. I wish my mother were alive. No doubt she would adore its wonderful, genuine humor/characters as well. Will read everything Polly Horvath writes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2010
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