The Canning Season

The Canning Season

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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.
ISBN: 9780374410421
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Horvath Canning


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0Charlie Dec 01, 2014

An enjoyable read from the "child is sent to live with distant relatives and discovers a world of wonder" genre. A good sense of humour and quirky characters. Recommended.

Jun 03, 2013


Nov 25, 2011

Loved this story about two young girls with no real place to call home settling in with two old ladies. Heart-warming without being sappy.

Sep 21, 2010

The Canning Season is full of Horvath's usual wit and absurd humour, perfectly blended with tones of sadness and loss. Completely satisfying, yet a story that promises to continue beyond its ending. Horvath is one of my favourite teen writers -- this one definitely did not disappoint.


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Sep 30, 2010

"Thank God for the Hunt Club!"

Sep 21, 2010

"Oh, we were. We were scared spitless. We set up a system we use to this day. One of us picks while one of us watches with the rifle. We're both a good shot. It's worse for the one with the rifle, just standing in the sun, bees buzzing, worrying about being stung. And you can't shoot a bee."


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