Homesick by Kate Klise

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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.


About Kate Klise

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Kate Kilse is the author of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series (Dying to Meet You and Over My Dead Body) of epistolary novels, illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise, as well as the picture book Shall I Knit You a Hat? In addition to writing for children, Kate is a freelance journalist for several publications, including People magazine. Her newest book, Homesick, is available from Feiwel and Friends. She lives in Norwood, MO.
Published September 18, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 190 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1983 Dennis Acres, Mo., a town of 52 (now that Benny's mom's gone home to New Orleans), everyone knows everyone else's business (and most are annoyed by what they know).

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Benny begins work at Myron’s fledgling radio station, transcribing amusing interviews with locals, including schoolteacher Miss Turnipson, who has entered their Missouri town in a contest to find “the most charming small town in America.” As Benny’s father deteriorates, the neighbors band...

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That’s when Benny’s mom takes off to New Orleans, where she grew up, and she promises him that when she’s settled, she’ll come back and pick Benny up.But even if Benny is worried about his father, he doesn’t want to leave the small Missouri town where they live, Dennis Acres, just because his mot...

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