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Portofino
     

Portofino

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by Frank Schaeffer
 

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Calvin is the son of a missionary family, and their trip to Portofino is the highlight of his year. But even in the seductive Italian summer, the Beckers can't really relax. Calvin's father could slip into a Bad Mood and start hurling potted plants at any time. His mother has an embarrassing habit of trying to convert "pagans" on the beach. And his sister Janet

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Calvin is the son of a missionary family, and their trip to Portofino is the highlight of his year. But even in the seductive Italian summer, the Beckers can't really relax. Calvin's father could slip into a Bad Mood and start hurling potted plants at any time. His mother has an embarrassing habit of trying to convert "pagans" on the beach. And his sister Janet has a ski sweater and a miniature Bible in her luggage, just in case the Russians invade and send them to Siberia. His dad says everything is part of God's plan. But this summer, Calvin has some plans of his own ... Portofino is the prequel to the noted trilogy that includes Zermatt. A huge bestseller, Portofino has been translated into seven languages.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy's attempts to enjoy an Italian vacation are undermined by his family's strict religious views in Schaeffer's coming-of-age comedy. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786713752
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
07/10/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
227
Sales rank:
559,190
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Schaeffer has worked as a director on a number of movies, both theatrical and television. Together with Frank J. Gruber, he also wrote the screenplay for the film version of Portofino. He lives in Massachussetts.

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Portofino 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. Im only 14 and I enjoyed this book a lot. I recomend it to anyone. It makes u wanna go to Italy. I already ordered the sequal...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Portofino is the best book i've ever read! It's the type of book that you just don't want to put down. After i had finished this book, I went straight to the bookstore to find the sequell; Saving Grandma. I highly recommend this book to anyone, any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best read I've had in years. It was better than the vacation I took the book on! Frank Schaeffer is one of America's best kept secrets, the Mark Twain of our time. I've never laughed so hard at and with a book, bought five copies and gave them out to all the people I like best. The writing is funny but deeply compassionate too. Anyone that had parents that believed something strongly and who had to struggle to discover themselves in the shadow of their mother and father will love this book.