Under the Watsons' Porch by Susan Shreve

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Twelve-year-old Ellie Tremont is b-o-r-e-d, bored, and she wishes something, anything, would happen. So when 14-year-old Tommy Bowers moves in next door, with his lanky swagger and his troubled past, Ellie knows her summer is about to get interesting. When Tommy suggests they start a camp for the kids on their street under their elderly neighbors’(the Watsons’) porch, Ellie quickly agrees to that, and everything else Tommy suggests. And when Tommy gives her a diamond necklace that he says he bought, she’s suspicious, though smitten. But by the time her parents forbid her from seeing him, she’s given him her heart. Soon, though, Tommy goes too far and even Ellie isn’t sure what to make of him.


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About Susan Shreve

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Susan Richards Shreve is the author of twelve novels and a number of books for children. She is a professor at George Mason University and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D. C.
 
Published April 25, 2009 by Yearling. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Twelve-year-old Ellie Tremont has the blues until "bad boy" Tommy Bowers, who's been shuffled to different families, moves in next door.

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Twelve-year-old Ellie Tremont has the blues until “bad boy” Tommy Bowers, who’s been shuffled to different families, moves in next door.

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On the day she turns 12 and all of her friends are attending another girl's party, narrator Ellie Tremont's grim mood lifts when she meets her new neighbor, Tommy Bowers, a charismatic 13-year-old who holds an unlit cigarette in his mouth and is reputed to be a "handful."

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Ellie agrees to help, and thinks that she may always go along with Tommy's plans: "There's something about Tommy Bowers that makes me want to say yes to everything he asks.

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