Homesick

By Kate Klise
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9781250008428, 192pp.)

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“The clever title of this novel is just the beginning of another great read from Klise. Benny's mom has left him, his difficult dad, and all the clutter in their house. When a local teacher enters their town in a most charming small town contest, the pressure is on to get the family home cleaned up. With a cast of quirky small-town characters and a natural disaster that no one knew was coming, Klise once again creates a place you would like to visit and characters you would like to meet. There is a lot of great 'stuff' in her new novel!”
-- Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description

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.




About the Author

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

"...satisfying..."--Publishers Weekly

"It’s Benny’s quandary that really makes the book come alive." -- BCCB

This is a valid addition due to the author’s popularity and to add collection depth on mental illness." -- School Library Journal

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