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The Canning Season

Polly Horvath

Square Fish

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!

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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. You're old enough now to
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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

* “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

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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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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
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The Canning Season

Polly Horvath

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