The Word Eater by Mary Amato

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Life is miserable for sixth grader Lerner Chanse at her new shool, where the MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones On Earth) Club ruthlessly rules over the SLUGs (Sorry Losers Under Ground). It looks as if Lerner is destined to be a SLUG, until she finds a magical worm that eats printed words instead of dirt. If Fip eats a word, that item simply disappears from the world -- forever.
 

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Mary Amato is now known for her comic middle-grade novels. "The Word Eater" was Ms. Amato's first novel. She is also the author of "Snarf Attack", "Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All", as well as "The Naked Mole-Rat Letters". Ms. Amato is a storyteller, poet, puppeteer, mask-maker, and quilt-maker, too. She makes her home just outside Washington, D.C.
 
Published November 2, 2012 by Holiday House. 151 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This first novel may hold some appeal for bookworms, but a multitude of subplots proves distracting and weakens the tension. There are two basic story lines. The first revolves around a newborn worm n

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A worm whose appetite runs to words rather than dirt is discovered by a sixth-grader, who realizes that every time the worm eats a word, the object it signifies disappears forever.

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Amato plausibly sketches Lerner's evolving sense of responsibility about Fip's powers, including her panic when he almost eats the word ""oxygen"" and the name of her teacher Mr. Droan (but ends up devouring the words ""Markus Droan's suit"" instead.) The classroom dynamics between the ruling eli...

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