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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.

Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250008428
Branch Call Number: T Fiction
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 22 cm


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LocketLibrarian Dec 20, 2012

This is good. Not "Grounded" good, but good.

Klise has way of writing that can make you feel like you are there in the story. Her depiction of the tornado hitting the town was so vivid, I did feel like I was there.

However, I have some quibbles, most likely the quibbles of an adult reader and not her intended audience.

1. It takes place in 1983. If they didn't tell you that, other than the constant conversations about computers and the coming of a worldwide computer network, it could have been any time.
2. Benny's mom takes off and leaves him with a potentially unstable hoarder, and she's hailed as the good parent. Her son has no food and no phone and lives in squalor.
3. The ending is almost a little too happy--especially since they get what they want through a deception.

Kids will love this, I did, too, despite my quibbles.


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Jun 14, 2013

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