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Title: The Boy Who Swallows Flies
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Superhero
The brilliant cover gives a huge clue to what a bugalicious, hilarious children’s superhero and mystery story this proved to be! Jarrod keeps having ‘moments’ when he collapses then sees and hears things that have happened away from him. Initial medical enquiries don’t reveal why this is happening but then he discovers for himself and so begins an adventurous escapade! With his best friend, trained cockroaches and other bugs he sets out to discover a hidden puppy farm and bring the perpetrator to justice! There’s danger in outing a criminal but you have to find them, first so get ready for some not so tasty snacks, a new friend, testing times and fun in this well paced, action packed story!
The story is engaging, fun and has suitably yuck elements to appeal to children, teens and adults alike. It has the paranormal element together with mystery, detective work, science, moral dilemmas and so much more in this page turner read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to competent young readers and teachers as well as parents.
I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Winner of the Claymore Award!
Warning – Rated Kids-Only for Bug Violence
Jarrod can view the memories of any bug. He just has to eat it. It’s not the tastiest of superpowers and, let’s face it, fly memories aren’t all unicorns and rainbows. Eating insects also doesn’t net him many friends, and Bug-boy is an unavoidable nickname. But Jarrod’s ready to prove that he and his bugs are worth more than ridicule.
When he swallows a fly while biking, he’s in for a shock. The bug saw a room stacked full of sick dogs and puppies in crates. It’s a puppy mill, and Jarrod needs to save the animals. But the flight range of the common housefly is five miles. Even if the police believed him, with no evidence, they can’t help. It’s up to Jarrod.
Trained cockroaches survey neighborhood basements. A fly taped to a window makes an excellent sentry. Every beetle, mosquito, caterpillar—don’t eat the fuzzy yellow ones—spider and centipede is his edible sidekick.
Will Jarrod save the dogs? Or is it all too much to swallow?
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.
He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at http://www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.
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