Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends , 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250008428
Branch Call Number: KLISE
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

eggzile thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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