Homesick

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 180 pages
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Benny's parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny's dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts.

As his house grows more cluttered and his father grows more distant, Benny tries to sort out whether he can change anything at all. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America's Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny's ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.

 

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User Review  - librarian1204 - LibraryThing

Good middle school story set in the 1980's. The MC is a boy living with a father who hoards everything. Mom has had enough of this and she leaves. The setting is a very tiny Missouri town. Good characters. Well written. 2014 middle school SSYRA . Read full review

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User Review  - KristySP - LibraryThing

Such a sweet book. The perfect palate cleanser after the bag of rocks that was "Gone Girl" and the sharp tongued vapidness of "Before I Fall." This book left me feeling charmed and peaceful and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
34
Section 6
44
Section 7
56
Section 8
65
Section 12
102
Section 13
109
Section 14
114
Section 15
122
Section 16
128
Section 17
133
Section 18
145
Section 19
154

Section 9
79
Section 10
84
Section 11
93
Section 20
164
Section 21
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About the author (2012)

Kate Klise is the author of Grounded, winner of the 2011 Judy Lopez Award (Women's National Book Association) for Best Children's Novel of the year. Her other books include the 43 Old Cemetery Road series of epistolary novels, illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. In addition to writing for children, Kate spent fifteen years working as a journalist for several publications, including People magazine. She now leads writing workshops all over the country for aspiring authors of all ages.