Benny’s dad calls himself a collector, but lately he’s becoming more of a hoarder. He collects all kinds of stuff, but his most prized possession is a small splinter which he believes came from the holy cross. Benny’s mom is sick and tired of his dad’s hoarding habit and the splinter becomes a symbol of the problem. One night she decides that she has had enough and tells Benny’s dad that she is leaving and unless he throws away the splinter she won’t be coming back.
Benny accepts this turn of events stoically, and attempts to continue with life as usual. The problem is that nothing about life is “usual” anymore. So, Benny begins searching desperately for a way to convince his dad to throw away the splinter and stop hoarding junk, but his dad is stubborn. In the midst of Benny’s struggle at home, he makes new friends, learns all about running a radio station, talking to girls and expressing love to the people who mean the most.
Reviewed by Grace