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ISBN13: 9780374399566
ISBN10: 0374399565
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Awards

Winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Synopses & Reviews

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Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clarks ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north. There she will spend the summer with her aged relatives Penpen and Tilly, inseparable twins who couldnt look more different from each other. Staying at their secluded house, Ratchet is treated to a passel of strange family history and local lore, along with heaps of generosity and care that she has never experienced before. Also, Penpen has recently espoused a new philosophy - whatever shows up on your doorstep you have to let in. Through thick wilderness, down forgotten, bear-ridden roads, come a variety of characters, drawn to Penpen and Tillys open door. It is with vast reservations that the cautious Tilly allows these unwelcome guests in. But it turns out that unwelcome guests may bring the greatest gifts.

By turns dark and humorous, Polly Horvath offers adolescent readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling!

 
The Canning Season is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Review:

"Offbeat, slapstick humor is mitigated by poignancy in Horvath's distinctive rollicking style....Readers are in for a wise and wacky ride when they open this novel." School Library Journal

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"Horvath is a winning writer, luxurious in her descriptions." Booklist

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"Polly Horvath...has...however, found both comedy and poignancy in this story of the affecting relationship between two widely-separated generations, showing that isolation and apathy can be overcome in the most unexpected ways. Not all readers will warm to this story, but those who enjoy a more offbeat tale and a less linear structure will find much to ponder." Children's Literature

Review:

"[A] hilarious, heartrending tale." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Unruly, unpredictable and utterly compelling....Readers may find themselves wondering just how far Horvath will go — and they won't be disappointed with her steering." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clarks ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north. There she will spend the summer with her aged relatives Penpen and Tilly, inseparable twins who couldnt look more different from each other. Staying at their secluded house, Ratchet is treated to a passel of strange family history and local lore, along with heaps of generosity and care that she has never experienced before. Also, Penpen has recently espoused a new philosophy - whatever shows up on your doorstep you have to let in. Through thick wilderness, down forgotten, bear-ridden roads, come a variety of characters, drawn to Penpen and Tillys open door. It is with vast reservations that the cautious Tilly allows these unwelcome guests in. But it turns out that unwelcome guests may bring the greatest gifts.

By turns dark and humorous, Polly Horvath offers adolescent readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling!

 
The Canning Season is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Synopsis:

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clarks ill-natured mother uproots her from Florida without a second thought. Ratchet is on a train to Maine for a summer with relatives within the blink of an eye. But these arent just any relatives. Ratchets ninety-two-year old great-aunts, twins Penpen and Tilly, live life in their secluded home on their own terms. They were born together, they grew up together, they live together, and they plan to die together. Through thick wilderness, down forgotten, bear-ridden roads, a plethora of strange family history, and a slew of unwelcome guests, Ratchet may just learn what a family can be after all. Unwelcome guests might just bring the greatest gifts of all.

By turns dark and humorous, Polly Horvath offers readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling!

About the Author

Polly Horvath is the author of many children's books, including Everything on a Waffle, a Newbery Honor Book, and The Trolls, a National Book Award Finalist. She lives in Metchosin, British Columbia.

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PlainJayne, November 30, 2010 (view all comments by PlainJayne)
A fun story for intermediate readers, but parents and teachers should be aware that there is some profanity in the book, including an f-bomb.
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bookbugbabe, March 20, 2008 (view all comments by bookbugbabe)
Switching from at times side-splittingly funny and heart-warmingly poignant, The Canning Season is an entertaining read for all middle school students (and adults!). The old ladies are charming and Ratchet quickly becomes a part of the reader. A moving tale of the gift of welcoming in those that show up at our doorstep and the power that comes in being who you are, no matter how quirky your personality or what physical abnormalities you may have.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374399566
Author:
Horvath, Polly
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Subject:
Great-aunts
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
#801
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 208 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374399566 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Offbeat, slapstick humor is mitigated by poignancy in Horvath's distinctive rollicking style....Readers are in for a wise and wacky ride when they open this novel."
"Review" by , "Horvath is a winning writer, luxurious in her descriptions."
"Review" by , "Polly Horvath...has...however, found both comedy and poignancy in this story of the affecting relationship between two widely-separated generations, showing that isolation and apathy can be overcome in the most unexpected ways. Not all readers will warm to this story, but those who enjoy a more offbeat tale and a less linear structure will find much to ponder."
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious, heartrending tale."
"Review" by , "Unruly, unpredictable and utterly compelling....Readers may find themselves wondering just how far Horvath will go — and they won't be disappointed with her steering."
"Synopsis" by ,
Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clarks ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north. There she will spend the summer with her aged relatives Penpen and Tilly, inseparable twins who couldnt look more different from each other. Staying at their secluded house, Ratchet is treated to a passel of strange family history and local lore, along with heaps of generosity and care that she has never experienced before. Also, Penpen has recently espoused a new philosophy - whatever shows up on your doorstep you have to let in. Through thick wilderness, down forgotten, bear-ridden roads, come a variety of characters, drawn to Penpen and Tillys open door. It is with vast reservations that the cautious Tilly allows these unwelcome guests in. But it turns out that unwelcome guests may bring the greatest gifts.

By turns dark and humorous, Polly Horvath offers adolescent readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling!

 
The Canning Season is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

"Synopsis" by ,

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clarks ill-natured mother uproots her from Florida without a second thought. Ratchet is on a train to Maine for a summer with relatives within the blink of an eye. But these arent just any relatives. Ratchets ninety-two-year old great-aunts, twins Penpen and Tilly, live life in their secluded home on their own terms. They were born together, they grew up together, they live together, and they plan to die together. Through thick wilderness, down forgotten, bear-ridden roads, a plethora of strange family history, and a slew of unwelcome guests, Ratchet may just learn what a family can be after all. Unwelcome guests might just bring the greatest gifts of all.

By turns dark and humorous, Polly Horvath offers readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling!

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