Homesick by Kate Klise

“How can I explain my home? How could I ask if it was possible to feel homesick in your own home?”

12 year old Benny’s dad Calvin has morphed from secondhand-goods salesman to collector and is steadily becoming a hoarder. After Benny’s mom leaves (and I cannot believe she left and did not take Benny!), the house starts filling up and Benny looks to his community for help. Homesick is one of those books filled with quirky characters that the reader enjoys spending time with. Myron, the radio station owner, Miss Crumple the piano teacher, and Carmen of Carmen’s Casita all bring a little something to Benny’s life.

Lexile 610

Grades:  5-8

Date finished:   3-24-15

Source:  personal copy

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