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War-torn Afghanistan could not seem farther from Newfoundland, but it is about to change twelve-year-old tomboy Jack Cooper (or Jacqueline, as her mother insists on calling her) forever. When her father is killed in the war, she watches helplessly as her mother crumbles under sorrow and depression. Jack and her younger sister and brother, Tessa and Simon, end up across the country, living on a run-down farm in a small town on the Prairies with a great-grandmother they didn't know existed. Worried that they will be abandoned again if Gran moves into a retirement home, Jack puts on a brave face and encourages Tessa and Simon to take on the challenges of their new life. In the process, she learns that families come in many different forms and that love, trust, and faith can build a home anywhere.
Publisher: Plattsburgh, NY : Tundra Books of Northern New York, c2007
ISBN: 9780887768101
Branch Call Number: TIL
Characteristics: 233 p


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Aug 28, 2018

Although Porcupine was written for young adults, I loved it. I bought it from Meg Tilly when she was at Village Books in Bellingham over a decade ago. And, I deeply regret that it has taken me this long to read it.

Jul 05, 2018

This was honestly the best book ever. I loved it and it was so good. It was a little violent though, because of people fighting, and also sad. I wouldn't know what to do if I were Jack. She's such a brave girl. If my dad died I'd probably burst into tears and never stop crying. But Jack didn't do that. She was brave and even though her father was her favorite, she moved on. I feel bad for her because her mom abandoned her and left her with her great grandmother. Which wasn't so bad after all. But in conclusion, this book was amazing and out of five stars I give it 5. But

samdog123 May 28, 2008

One of the reviewer's on the OLA's children's reading committee said she thought this was the best book of the year. I'd have to agree. Written by Meg Tilly, the actress, it is her first foray into children's ficton. What a debut! Story of Jack and her family who lose their father to war in Afghanistan. Their mother unravels and leaves the children with with their great grandmother....it's about growing up, feelings and learning to understand and accept others. I loved the book and just kept wanting to read on and on about this quirky and courageous young girl.

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