Sharon Creech

The Boy on the Porch

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A young couple wakes up to find a strange boy asleep on their porch. At first they don't expect him to stay, but stay he does, and as the couple's connection to him grows, the three of them blossom into an unlikely family. But where has he come from and to whom does he belong?
'A page-turner for a reader of any age.' Publisher's Weekly
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    alyserickeyhas quoted6 years ago
    The young couple found the child asleep in an old cushioned chair on the front porch. He was curled against a worn pillow, his feet bare and dusty, his clothes fashioned from rough linen. They could not imagine where he had come from or how he had made his way to their small farmhouse on a dirt road far from town.
    “How old a boy is he, do you think?” the man asked.
    “Hard to say, isn’t it? Seven or eight?”
    “Small for his age then.”
    “Big feet.”
    “Haven’t been around kids much.”
    “Me neither.”
    The man circled the house and then walked down the dirt drive, past their battered blue truck and the shed, scanning the bushes on both sides as he went. Their dog, a silent beagle, slipped into his place beside the man, sniffing the ground earnestly.
    When the man and the dog returned to the porch, the woman was kneeling beside the old cushioned chair, her hand resting gently on the boy’s back. There was something in the tilt of her head and the tenderness of her touch that moved him.
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