In the Space Left Behind by Joan Ackermann

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When Colm Drucker's mother heads out to Las Vegas for her third honeymoon, Colm has plans of his own—organizing his baseball cards, playing guitar, and remodeling the family house as a surprise wedding present. But from the start of his week home alone, Colm, practical and adept, is faced with a series of unforeseen and bewildering events: His dog, Chester, meets an untimely death. His long-absent father calls out of the blue with a bizarre proposition. The beautiful Melanie Phelps kisses him suddenly and inexplicably outside the supermarket. When Colm learns that his mother plans to put the family home he dearly loves up for sale, he resolves to do everything in his power to save it, even if it means traveling across the country with the one person Colm never wanted to depend on for anything.

 

About Joan Ackermann

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Joan Ackermann is a playwright, journalist, and screenwr Joan Ackermann is a playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. Over a dozen of her plays have been published and proditer. Over a dozen of her plays have been published and produced around the country, and her adaptation of her play "Offuced around the country, and her adaptation of her play "Off the Map" was released as a feature film directed by Campbel the Map" was released as a feature film directed by Campbell Scott. Joan is the cofounder and Artistic Director of Mixel Scott. Joan is the cofounder and Artistic Director of Mixed Company, a twenty-five-year-old theater in Great Barringtod Company, a twenty-five-year-old theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A Special Contributor to "Sports Illustratn, Massachusetts. A Special Contributor to "Sports Illustrated" for seven years, she has freelanced for many magazines, ed" for seven years, she has freelanced for many magazines, including "Time", "The Atlantic Monthly", and "Esquire". Sheincluding "Time", "The Atlantic Monthly", and "Esquire". She lives in the Berkshires, where she enjoys being a part-time lives in the Berkshires, where she enjoys being a part-time hiking guide. hiking guide.
 
Published October 16, 2007 by HarperTeen. 400 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Less sophisticated than John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines (2006), but similar in theme, Colm’s internal and physical search for self, family, friendship and home—not to mention his dad’s clipped, endearing way of showing affection—is exactly the bizarre father-son story you’ll wish Hollywoo...

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