THE MEALWORM DIARIES by Anna Kerz

THE MEALWORM DIARIES

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Still mourning the death of his father, Jeremy finds that his new life in Toronto is made more difficult by an impulsive classmate, his assigned partner in a long-term science project that involves the mealworms of the title. Aaron “Cantwait” not only has difficulty staying on task, he is awkward and clumsy, but he sees Jeremy as a friend. By day, Jeremy struggles to distance himself from the boy and fit into his new school; at night he relives the motorcycle accident that killed his father and injured his leg, an accident he believes he caused. In spite of his mother’s patient understanding, he is mortified that his nightmares make him wet the bed. This moving first novel deftly weaves these serious issues into a realistic depiction of an ordinary boy moving forward despite his loss and doing the right thing by his troubled classmate. While Jeremy is the focus of the third-person narrative, his growing interest in a girl and involvement in coeducational sports activities—cross-country track and rope skipping—will add interest for all readers of this poignant tale. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55143-982-2
Page count: 156pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009