Winner of the Claymore Award!
Warning – Rated Kids-Only for Bug Grossness
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, 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 ant, mosquito, caterpillar—don’t eat the fuzzy yellow ones—and beetle is his edible sidekick.
Will Jarrod save the dogs? Or is it all too much to swallow?
|Publisher:||Michael F. Stewart|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
He's written adult horror, sci-fi, urban fantasy, and adventure. He's even written books you'll never find.
But nothing is ever wasted. His most recent book, Counting Wolves, a contemporary YA, was named to Kirkus Reviews "Best Books of 2017" list. The Boy Who Swallows Flies (2018) won Killer Nashville's Claymore Award, and the Assured Destruction Series won The Creation of Stories: Best YA Award at the Toronto International Book Fair. In 2016, Michael was selected to join the CFC/Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library's Writer in Residence and runs free writing workshops. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a feeling this would be a hoot to read and the author didn’t let me down. Jarrod has a condition where he faints for no reason. That’s why he wears a helmet to protect his head. It paints a huge target on him at school and the bullies don’t miss a chance to pick on the Bug Boy. He’s been called weird and dumb often enough he’s come to believe it. But his best friend tells him he just hadn’t tapped into his potential yet. When he accidentally swallows a bug and can see it’s memories, he thinks he just might have found it. No. Just no. There’s no way I could eat a bug on purpose. Jarrod gets creative, I’ll give him that. And he keeps a bucket handy in case what goes down comes back up. And letting the bugs out to crawl all over him in his bed. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers. Jerrod’s new found talent sets him on a course of discovery. There’s some moral issues involved and he’s tempted by others. He may believe he’s not the smartest of kids, but I sure liked how he worked things out. An unlikely hero with some unusual sidekicks. It’s creepy crawly fun.
Michael F Stewart has a way of taking a simple story and leading me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but am so very happy to travel. He layers bits on top of bits and I cannot imagine any child…or any person, for that matter…not reveling in his imaginative, creative and excellently written stories that leave me anticipating the next one. Jerrod faints a lot, thus the helmet on the cover. His falling out isn’t all bad, in fact there is a benefit, but he’s loathe to share it and I’m sure not going to tell you. You will have to read this wonderful story to find out for yourself. Gavin is his only friend, other than the bugs he collects. He is the Bug boy, and he revels in it. Gavin is gifted, very smart. Jerrod thinks he’s the dumbest kid in school, but Gavin doesn’t believe that. He just believes Jerrod hasn’t found his ‘aptitude’ yet. I love the world he lives in…letting some of his bugs run free in his room. Like Jerrod, we all have something special to offer the world, we just have to find out ‘talent’. You never know what will lead to your future, so you need to keep your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands open. I can see how Micheal F Stewart has left the options open for more daring adventures with Jarrod, Gavin, and Jarrod’s new friend, Dog girl. Please say it’s so, Michael. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart.
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.