Homesick

By Kate Klise
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9781250008428, 180pp.)

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

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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
Author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. Their first book was about an adventure-loving little mouse that traveled around the country. That story was never published. (In fact, it ended up in the garbage can!) But the Klise sisters had so much fun making their first book, they kept writing and drawing. And now they've published more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including "Regarding the Fountain" and "Dying to Meet You." The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)


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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