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Following Fake Man
By Barbara Ware Holmes

Publisher: Knopf
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 0375812660
Retail Price: $15.95
Our Net Price: $10.40

Pages: 240
Grades: 5-7
Lexile: 480

Publisher: Dell Yearling
Published: Nov 2002
ISBN: 0440418550
Retail Price: $4.99
Our Net Price: $3.25

Awards, Reviews, and Citations

Arizona Young Reader's Award Nominations 2004
West Virginia Children's Book Awards 2003-2004

Publisher Synopsis:

Homer Aldrich Winthrop was a neurologist who died of a neurological illness. That’s all Homer Jr.’s mother will say about his father, who died when he was 2, and any prodding for details results in silence, evasion, or sudden migraine headaches. So by age 12, Homer’s given up asking.

But on an unexpected trip to Maine, Homer finds himself in a place where his father had lived. In this one coastal village there must be millions of facts about his father. Now Homer must face his biggest fear - maybe there’s a reason his father is such a secret. Maybe there are things he really doesn’t want to know.

Still, Maine gives him courage. There’s something about the people he meets and the breadth of the sky that convince Homer to search for the truth to solve the mystery of his own life.


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