Following Fake Man by Barbara Ware Holmes

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Homer Aldrich Winthrop was a neurologist who died of a neurological illness. That’s all Homer Jr.’s mother will say about his father, who died when he was 2, and any prodding for details results in silence,
evasion, or sudden migraine headaches. So by age 12, Homer’s given up asking.

But on an unexpected trip to Maine, Homer finds himself in a place where his father had lived. In this one coastal village there must be millions of facts about his father. Now Homer must face his biggest fear–maybe there’s a reason his father is such a secret. Maybe there are things he really doesn’t want to know.

Still, Maine gives him courage. There’s something about the people he meets and the breadth of the sky that convince Homer to search for the truth–to solve the mystery of his own life.


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About Barbara Ware Holmes

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Barbara Ware Holmes has written several books for children. This is her first book for Knopf.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 20, 2009 by Yearling. 240 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The mystery of Fake Man pulls the boys together and while taking turns being cowards, Homer finds an even more puzzling mystery to explore close to home.

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A young artist yearns to know about his father, who died when he was a baby.

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Homer, for example, notes the essential difference between his mother and Madeleine simply by observing their hair: "I opened my eyes and stared at the back of my mother's head: a circle with a bun in the middle, all perfect and neat.

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When Roger’s mother, the town librarian, finds out that Roger has told Homer about the “Spookety Cabin,” she quickly tells him not to bring Homer there, but won’t tell him why.

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