30. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie

Homesick by Kate Klise, 192 pages, read by Leslie, on 09/04/2013

Homesick

Benny’s parents are getting divorced, his mom left and his father has become a hoarder, to make matters worse his hometown has been entered into a contest, and now the pressure is on to get the house cleaned up.

I liked the story, thought it was good way to show how hoarding can impact a young person’s life, but not as realistic as it could have been. The story takes place right before computers and the Internet take off in popularity, so I found it a little hard to believe that at that time a town could have actually won a contest to be hooked up to it.  Hoarding was also not called hoarding yet, so it is a look into how the disease might start for someone.  The tornado does make it interesting and could be the draw for lots of readers.

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