Under the Watsons' Porch Author:Susan Shreve Twelve-year-old Ellie Tremont is bored, and she wishes something, anything, would happen to make her feel alive. So when 14-year-old Tommy Bowers moves in next door, Ellie knows her summer is about to get a lot more interesting. When Tommy suggests they start a camp for the kids on their street under their elderly neighbors’, the Watsons, ... more »porch, Ellie quickly agrees. And when Tommy gives her a diamond necklace that he says he bought, she’s suspicious, though smitten. But by the time her parents don’t want her spending time with him, she’s already given him her heart.« less
I couldn't wait to read this book after seeing it in a catalog for school. But when I started reading, I was very disappointed. I was looking for a more mature, romantic preteen novel, while this was very mild, anticlimactic, and not much of a love story at all. Overall it is a very boring book, but a light easy read. Perfect for when you're just looking for something to pass the time that you don't need to pay much attention to. More of a book for younger readers who read at a higher reading level because it isn't written using "kiddie language" but it is so tame that it will most likely bore older preteens and teens to death.