The Boy on the Porch

The Boy on the Porch

by Sharon Creech


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“This quiet novel sings. A graceful profound story for all ages that speaks well beyond its intended audience.” Kirkus (starred review)

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler will love this tween novel about opening your heart and finding family when you least expect it.

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.

Extras in the paperback tell of Sharon Creech's inspiration for the book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061892356
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,200,731
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.


Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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The Boy on the Porch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharon Creech beautifully written use of language and Awe-inspiring connection of emotions, Creates Story that celebrates the joy of having a child, the true meaning of care and love, and the miracle of life itself. Those who love art, animals, and nature will enjoy this story, for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it every one should read it:):):):p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish i cosuld finish the book but i lovit so far
book4children More than 1 year ago
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 win. Content: clean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, although it is a bit predictable at parts.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
It has been quite a while since I had the pleasure of reading a Sharon Creech novel, but I remembered how much I had enjoyed many of her other books in the past as I started The Boy on the Porch. It was truly heart-warming how they became protective over Jacob and didn't want him to leave. Jacob was able to teach John and Marta some beautiful lessons along the way, many of which carried on beyond their time together. Many of the scenes in this book warmed my heart. The ending was perfect and had me just on the verge of tears before the final words.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much I read it in 1 day!!!!! BUT..........WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way it starts and I really want this whole book not just the sample. BEWARE IF YOU GET THE SAMPLE! THERE IS A CLIFF HANGER!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago