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On Sale: 09/02/2014
ISBN: 9781250065117208 Pages, Ages 10-14
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.
Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST
THE LAST SPLINTER
MY PARENTS SPLIT UP over a splinter. You've heard the expression "the last straw"? I guess this was the last splinter. The conversation went something like this:
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.” —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-