The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech


When John and Marta awake to find a young boy sleeping on their porch, they wonder what kind of parents would leave their boy with strangers and without any explanation. The boy is silent, unwilling or unable to talk about his past. All John and Marta have is a note asking them to take care of Jacob and that sometime the parents will return. As Jacob becomes a part of their lives with his silent laugh and amazing musical and artistic talents, John and Marta begin to dread the parents' return.

The Boy on the Porch is a unique and poetic tribute to foster care and foster children. John and Marta represent the love and care given by so many foster parents. They prove that all children are special and deserve special care. Written as a story children can understand, The Boy on the Porch teaches valuable lessons for children and adults.

Recommended ages-9 and up

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