“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!
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.
“This quiet novel sings. A graceful profound story for all ages that speaks well beyond its intended audience.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A page-turner for readers of any age.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A rich and gracious story crafted in Creech’s masterful hands.”
“A tender exploration of the power of a found family and the depth and value of temporary connections.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books