Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Homesick, by Kate Klise

Summary:  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.

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3 thoughts on “Homesick, by Kate Klise

  1. I like it, but I am afraid it is not Newbery. Enjoyable, but not distinguished. Character development is best, Benny learns how to go through the burden of being the son of divorced parents, but, as a lot of books, there are better books out there. I vote no for the Newbery.

  2. I agree with Benjamin. There were no part outstanding about it and the writing style did not make me want to continue reading it. I have read better books of this same kind. This is not my pick for the newbery.

  3. I agree with you guys. There was nothing really special about this book. The only part of the plot that the author really advanced was the part where the town won the contest. Other than that, there was a lot of unwanted, unneeded detail in there. I didn’t really get the feeling of time passing, or anything about the story moving forward. The characters were way underdeveloped. Not my pick for newbery.

    ** (2 stars)

    “Expect the UnXpected”

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