The Canning Season

Polly Horvath

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Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark’s 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 couldn’t 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 Tilly’s 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.

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The Canning Season
MRS. MENUTO LOSES HER HEAD"I'm going where?" Ratchet gasped."Maine.""Maine?" Ratchet cried. "Why am I going there?""You're spending the summer with great--second cousins, Tilly and Penpen Menuto. You can just call them aunts. I called them Aunt Tilly and Aunt Penpen, and they always referred to me as their niece. You can be a niece, too. Who says 'Great--second cousin once removed Tilly' or whatever it would be. It's too much of a mouthful. They're some distant relatives or other. I'd almost forgotten about them. I used to spend summers with them.

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"Horvath tops even Everything on a Waffle with this hilarious, heartrending tale of two unwanted children left with a pair of eccentric old ladies. . . Once again Horvath displays a genius for creating multigenerational, interestingly extended families, and for blending high and low comedy into a tale rife with important themes and life-changing events." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Readers are in for a wise and wacky ride." --Starred, School Library Journal

"Alternately dark and humorous, Polly Horvath's imagination is always a treat." --The Chicago Tribune
"Unruly, unpredictable and utterly compelling...Readers may find themselves wondering just how far Horvath will go with her uncensored, Mad Hatter humor - and they won't be disappointed with her steering." --Starred, Publishers Weekly

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THE CANNING SEASON by Polly Horvath | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE CANNING SEASON . Horvath tops even Everything on a Waffle (2001) with this hilarious, heartrending tale of two unwanted children left with a pair of eccentric old ladies.
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Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She has taught ballet, waitressed, done temporary typing, and tended babies, but while doing these things she has always also written. Now that her children are in school, she spends the whole day writing, unless she sneaks out to buy groceries, lured away from her desk by the thought of fresh Cheez Whiz. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters.

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The Canning Season
Polly Horvath

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, National Book Awards - Winner, Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374399566
ISBN10: 0374399565
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 870L

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August 2012
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ISBN: 9780312535643
ISBN10: 0312535643
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 870L

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2003
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ISBN: 9781429965095
ISBN10: 1429965096
Young Adult Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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