The Mealworm Diariesby Anna Kerz
Mealworms are small creatures that live in dark secret places. Jeremy is a bit like that when he leaves his home in rural Nova Scotia and moves to Toronto with his mother. Lots of things keep him from enjoying his new life, but the worst is his science partner, Aaron, who is more annoying than sand in a bathing suit. Jeremy is also burdened by the secret he carries about the motorcycle accident that injured him and killed his father. Although Jeremy is haunted by his past, he starts to feel at home in Toronto when he realizes he has some skills he can share with his classmates. And when his mealworm project yields some surprising results, Jeremy is finally able to talk about his part in the fatal accident.
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"What're we gonna investigate?" Aaron said.
"You might want to investigate the art of listening," Mr. Collins said. "The rest of the class will study mealworms."
There were snickers. If Aaron heard, he didn't seem to care; he kept moving. His legs jiggled. He tapped his pencil on his desk. He hummed. His head bopped from side to side as if he was hearing music.
Weird kid, Jeremy thought.
Meet the Author
Anna Kerz's first book, The Mealworm Diaries, was shortlisted for many awards, including a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Anna is also the author of The Gnome's Eye, a story loosely based on her experiences as an immigrant child, and Better Than Weird, the companion novel to The Mealworm Diaries. When she's not writing, Anna can be found working in her garden, walking her dog or collecting new folk and fairy tales, myths and legends to try out on her grandchildren. In her spare time, she tells stories to audiences of all ages and teaches students how to tell stories of their own. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario, with her husband, Frank, and their dog, Bailey.
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The Mealworm Diaries By Anna Kerz Pub. Date: April 2009 3 out of 5 stars PG - Violence Recommended A tragic accident leads to the moving of Jeremy and his mom. Once settled in Toronto, Jeremy is enrolled in a new school. There a new friendship forms and a cute girl walks into the picture. School is starting out all right, until he is paired up with an annoying, gibbering classmate (who no one likes) for a science project. During the day, Jeremy is annoyed to death. During the night, Jeremy is scared to death. His dreams are being plagued by a dark secret no one knows about. The Mealworm Diaries could easily be made into a Lifetime Movie. It had an elementary plot and narration that didn't dawdle. The added humor made the characters more likeable and the story easier to read through. Unfortunately, because of the book's even energy level throughout the book, the climax hardly differed from the rest. This book had a slightly sleepy semblance. Yet, I can easily see The Mealworm Diaries used for discussion in Middle School Reading classes. Date Reviewed: May 5th, 2009 For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com