The Canning Season

Polly Horvath

Square Fish

Download Image Polly Horvath The Canning Season
Award

Available Formats

BookeBook

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark’s 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 aren’t just any relatives. Ratchet’s 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!

Connect with the Author

Polly Horvath

Official Sites


Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

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.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for The Canning Season

* “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.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


* “Readers are in for a wise and wacky ride.” —School Library Journal, starred review


* “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.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“Alternately dark and humorous, Polly Horvath’s imagination is always a treat.” —The Chicago Tribune


National Book Award Winner

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Fanfare, The Horn Book’s Honor List
A Kirkus Editor’s Choice
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library


In the Press

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.
- Kirkus Reviews


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath is the author of many children’s books, including Everything on a Waffle, a Newbery Honor book; The Trolls; and The Pepins and Their Problems (all available from Square Fish). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

pollyhorvath.com

Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath

Official Sites

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

The Canning Season
Polly Horvath

Award

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
August 2012
Trade Paperback
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

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 870L

$9.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429965095
ISBN10: 1429965096
Young Adult Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$7.12
Back

From The Publisher

Square Fish

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back