The Boy On The Porch by Sharon Creech
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
At first I thought this was your standard abandoned child story, but it's not - Creech has written something quite different and lovely.
One day, a boy appears on Marta and John's porch. He doesn't speak, but a scribbled note names him Jacob, and so the three start a life of sorts together. Jacob may be mute, but he definitely speaks, mostly to animals (he befriends a cow and a beagle) and Marta and John merely go through the motions of finding who he is and where he's from. I don't want to spoil the book, so let's just say that there's a real magic here that affects Marta and John and completely alters their lives. I wished the book had been longer, staying with Jacob on the farm as he befriends the animals. The changes in John could also have been fleshed out, but then it would have been a book for an older audience.
ARC provided by publisher.