This hilarious, heartrending tale tells the story of two unwanted children left with a pair of eccentric old ladies. Ratchet Clark was sent by her ill-natured mother to spend the summer with her aged relatives, an inseparable twins, Penpen and Tilly. 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, while with Penpen recent new philosophy of letting in whatever shows up on your doorstep. Unwelcomed guests came in, and more surprisingly, despite Tully's cautious anticipation, the greatest gifts come around.
Polly Horvath offers adolescent readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling. 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. The Canning Season is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
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