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Home Games by Benjamin Markovits

Home Games

Benjamin Markovits

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Category: Children's
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publication date: 1 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9780062742308

Award-winning adult author Benjamin Markovits delivers a poignant coming-of-age middle grade story that will give comfort to anyone feeling like a small fish in a Texas-size sea.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
3 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
24 Apr 2020

"a sweet and subtle coming-of-age tale"

The pace babbles rather than rages, but Markovits writes with such truth and clarity that the story never stagnates. The denouement, a basketball game in which bench-warming Ben plays, at last, is predictable, but it’s still a thrill to have front-row seats. If I didn’t quite buy Ben’s father’s emotional remoteness and inability to pick up the phone — a little more of his side of the story might have fleshed him out and allowed us to be more invested in Ben’s final dilemma — I found Markovits’s child’s-eye view of divorce fresh and authentic.