The Worm Whisperer

Betty Hicks, illustrated by Ben Hatke

Roaring Brook Press

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You've heard of Horse Whisperers and Dog Whisperers, but Ellis thinks he might be a Worm Whisperer!

Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time outdoors that sometimes he thinks he can talk with them. When he discovers a caterpillar that seems to follow his directions, he knows he has a chance to win the annual Woolly Worm race. The prize money is $1,000--exactly the amount of the deductible for his dad's back surgery. If Ellis is right and he can train his woolly worm to be the fastest in the county, he's sure can solve all his family's problems. But when you're trying to talk to insects, nothing is as simple as it seems.

From Betty Hicks, author of the Gym Shorts series for new readers, comes a story of friendship, family, and hidden talents that might be more useful than they first seemed.

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1   I’M NOT DEAD
 
Ellis liked everything about his obituary, even if it wasn’t true.
An obituary is what gets written when you die. It’s printed in the newspaper and says nice things—like how you’ve gone to heaven and how the world’s a better place because you’d lived in it. Even if that’s a lie, Ellis thought it was okay, because nobody wants to say bad things about a dead person.
He watched the minute hand on the classroom clock tick closer to three o’clock.

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Praise for The Worm Whisperer

"A satisfying ending neatly wraps up this warm story, and Hatke’s occasional line drawings will add appeal for middle-grade readers." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[an]empathic story."--Publishers Weekly

"Within this light novel Hicks unobtrusively includes classroom-friendly features, such as a weekly vocabulary lesson and information about metamorphosis, but these elements don’t interfere with the trajectory of the story line." -- The Horn Book

 "Hicks writes with a gentle, sure hand, bringing to life the rural North Carolina setting. Hatke’s expressive illustrations perfectly capture the book’s emotional warmth." -- School Library Journal


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About the Author

Betty Hicks, illustrated by Ben Hatke

Betty Hicks is the author of the Gym Shorts series as well as novels Get Real, Out of Order, Busted! and I Smell Like Ham. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ben Hatke is the author/illustrator behind Zita, the Spacegirl. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters.

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The Worm Whisperer
Betty Hicks, illustrated by Ben Hatke

Hardcover

Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
January 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596434905
ISBN10: 1596434902
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$16.99

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e-Book Agency
Roaring Brook Press
January 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781596438460
ISBN10: 1596438460
Middle-Grade Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$9.99
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