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The Canning Season

The Canning Season

by Polly Horvath

"Whatever shows up on your doorstep you have to let in." This is the philosophy of 91-year-old Aunt Penpen, who lives in the remote woods of Maine with her inseparable but completely different twin, Aunt Tilly. So when thirteen-year-old Ratchet Clark, their distant cousin, comes to spend the summer with them, they welcome her with warmth and all sorts of dark yet humorous family stories. Ratchet has been sent away by her uncaring mother, who has "more important" things to do. Finding a caring home for the first time with these elderly relatives, Ratchet learns about gardening, bears, and life, as a variety of characters cross their doorstep, including another lonely teen named Harper.

14, 12, 15, 13, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 12
Grade Level Equivalent
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Guided Reading
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor

About the Author

Polly Horvath Polly Horvath doesn't know where the ideas for her stories come from, but she does know that she loves books with food in them. She is the author of Everything on a Waffle and The Happy Yellow Car , among others.

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