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The Canning Season

The Canning Season

Polly Horvath

Square Fish


National Book Awards Winner

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

"I'm going where?" Ratchet gasped.
"Maine?" Ratchet cried. "Why am I going there?"
"You're spending the summer with great--second cousins, Tilly and Penpen...

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

In the Press

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

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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.

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