Boy Bites Bug

Boy Bites Bug

by Rebecca Petruck


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Will didn’t plan to eat a stinkbug. But when his friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will did it as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like French flies and maggot-aroni and fleas.

Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy’s help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more.

Will may have bitten off more than he can chew as crickets, earthworm jerky—even a scorpion—end up on his plate, but insects are the least of his problems. When things between Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty and honor—and learns that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419721410
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 786,292
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Petruck worked at Condé Nast in marketing before returning to school to earn an MFA in creative writing. She lives in Creston, North Carolina.

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julianalbrandt More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Petruck has written a phenomenally hilarious book in BOY BITES BUG! In it, one of Will's very best friends uses a racial slur against another student--this steam rolls into a desperate moment in which Will eats a stinkbug, setting into motion a class project of eating bugs and the creation of new, wonderful friendships. Petruck covers a weighty subject with care, and more importantly, with appropriate humor. She delves into Will's head, seemingly to understand exactly how a boy Will's age would feel and handle a deeply uncomfortable subject. The friendships she has written feel authentic and real, changing and growing and confronting issues among themselves in a heartfelt, true way. I found myself re-reading multiple scenes between Will and his friends, purely to laugh at their antics and feel the heart woven into their escapades. This will be a fantastic read for a *wide* age-range of kids. I absolutely don't see this appealing to just boys with the male main character and male friendships. I can see girls laughing their heads off and enjoying the realness of the conflict Will feels. I can also see this being a GREAT read aloud book for a teacher to use with their students or a parent with their kid(s). There are so many opportunities for discussion! Lastly, it's obvious Petruck did her research on this one. There's no way someone could write bugs so delightfully grotesque unless they'd delved heavily into the subject matter. The amount of times I said "EWWW UGH!" out loud while reading was a treat!
Jessica-Lawson More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Petruck has done it again. She did it with STEERING TOWARD NORMAL and she's done it with BOY BITES BUG--male friendships, sibling relationships, and authentic voices that ring so true that you'd swear these boys live down the street from you. Yes, there are plenty of bugs in this book, but it's the heart that won me over (though I might have to try some of the handy buggy recipes she put in the back). Love the aspect of the book that speaks to environmental responsibility, and adored the brief mentions of Diggy from STEERING TOWARD NORMAL.
Liz Edelbrock More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and heartfelt, tackling some big issues with a perfect MG backdrop of school, sports, and BUGS. It will make the reader laugh and think and I couldn't love it more! Hurray for BOY BITES BUG!
Rebecca_J_Allen More than 1 year ago
There was a lot I loved about this book–that it started with a legal warning about the recipes included. Kids, don’t try making chocolate-covered ants or wax worm cookies without consulting your parents! And there were so many laugh-out-loud moments! But the book is not just about laughs. There is real heart in the struggles Will has with how to be loyal to old friends and new ones, and as he wrestles with how his mistakes have hurt those around him. The story has a quick pace and characters that seem ready to step off the pages. It’s a great book for middle schools interested in bugs, wrestling, or just dealing with friendships as they and the people around them grow up and change. Highly recommended! Read my interview with author Rebecca Petruck at
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Will and Darryl have been friends for a long time, but then Darryl says something nasty to Eloy, the new kid at school, and Will doesn’t like this at all. To show he doesn’t appreciate the remark, Will eats a stinkbug. It's an impulse reaction and Will thinks his popular days are gone after doing something that might be considered stupid. However, when he arrives at school he's being given the name Bug Boy and he’s actually more popular than he used to be. Eloy tells him bugs can taste deliciously when prepared well. His father is the chef of Will’s favorite restaurant and this makes Will curious. He declares himself an entomophagist and makes it his mission to inspire others to eat bugs too and a class project is his first attempt. Will needs Eloy’s help to make his plan succeed and in exchange he’ll teach Eloy everything he knows about wrestling. Eloy wants to join the school team and Will has been wrestling for years. Unfortunately it makes Darryl angry that Will spends a lot of time with Eloy. Will he be able to keep both of his friends or does he have to choose? And can Will’s newfound passion for bugs unite them or will it only make things worse? Boy Bites Bugs is a fantastic fascinating story. I loved Will. He isn’t afraid to be himself and follows his instincts. When he makes a mistake he apologizes and he’s a loyal friend. He messes up, but he also makes things right if they go wrong. He’s a great main character and I loved his interest in bugs, it’s truly inspirational. I enjoyed reading about his adventures with the creatures, they're intriguing, hilarious and surprising and the way Will handles things often made me laugh out loud. He might be struggling with an abundance of bugs, friendship dilemmas and insecurities about wrestling, but he never gives up and keeps trying. I really liked his story and read it with a big smile on my face. Rebecca Petruck has an amazing captivating writing style that drew me in straight away. I loved her vivid descriptions, she makes everything she writes about come to life in a terrific dynamic way. She clearly understands her main characters and their feelings and fabulously explores each layer of the problems they’re dealing with. This makes Boy Bites Bug entertaining, charming and a lot of fun with a great level of depth and plenty of wisdom. I highly recommend this wonderful book.