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KLIATTJosh is going through a lot of changes. His mother has married a spacey artist named Clay; Josh is unimpressed by Clay's looks ("He's got chipmunk cheeks and this weird cowlick that looks like a rhino's horn") and even less by his humor. What's worse is that Clay calls him "Kiddo"--what's that all about? Josh longs for a normal family and ignores Clay. Instead, he spends a great deal of time walking around town and looking into the lighted windows of houses at night. One day he spots a set of keys left in a front door and instead of returning the keys he uses the opportunity to go into the house and secretly watch the people. He finds himself doing this more often--like an addiction, he feels driven to see how other families are living. In this process he stumbles upon some unexpected situations. As Josh is doing this, the police are on high alert for an actual home invader who is robbing and terrorizing people. In a bizarre set of circumstances, the home invader and Josh meet during a frightening robbery. Josh actually becomes something of a hero, but his secret is out. This is a short little book with a lot going on; it will definitely appeal to YAs, especially reluctant readers. Josh's voice is convincing as he struggles with his family, his girlfriend, and other personal issues. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Orca, Soundings, 105p., Ages 12 to 18.