By Kate Klise
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9781250008428, 192pp.)
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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.
Praise for Homesick:
Klise looks at the effects of hoarding and the struggles and joys of smalltown life in this honest, good-natured coming-of-age story set in the early 1980s.
It's Benny's quandary that really makes the book come alive.
This is a valid addition due to the author's popularity and to add collection depth on mental illness.