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When word gets around that Sharon Creech has written a new book, it’s a sure bet among the education community that it’s going to be worth a read! This was definitely the case with “The Boy on the Porch.”
As soon as I picked up this 150-page text yesterday, I couldn’t put it down. I burned through it in less than a couple hours! This is a fantastic middle grade read! Here’s the premise:
One day John and Marta, a married couple, find a mysterious young boy sleeping on their front porch. They have no idea where he came from or who he belongs to. The only clue they have comes in the form of a note, which says,
“Plees taik kair of Jacob.
He is a
god good boy.
Wil be bak wen we can.”
Despite wondering, as I turned each page, what was going to become of Jacob and when his “people” were going to return, I also became intrigued by his many special talents and idiosncrasies. Unable to speak, Jacob has an uncanny way of communicating with animals and unique artistic abilities. During Jacob’s visit, Marta and John are individually transformed and their life as a couple undergoes a dramatic change as well. They become a family. But the question always looms… How long will Jacob stay and how long can their family last?
Sharon Creech creates a tale with with a sense of urgency and mystery on every page. For that reason, “The Boy on the Porch” would make a wonderful read aloud for third and fourth graders and a delightful independent read for fifth and sixth graders, or for that matter, readers of all ages!
The other new (to me) series that I’ve been reading is the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka. This graphic novel series is hilarious and totally accessible for readers in grades 2 and up! Boys and girls alike will find these books enjoyable and funny. Hector, Dee, and Terrance team up in Book #1 to discover the mystery behind the school superhero with a spatula. As the book says, “she’s not only serving up lunch, she’s serving up justice!” I just purchased the first five books in the series and I can’t wait to share them with my students!
That’s it for this week… I’m hoping to get more reading in this week, as I have some new titles on their way!
Happy reading, everyone!