Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Mealworm Diaries

Jeremy has a secret. When he and his mom moved to a new town so his mother can finish school, he carries his secret around with him, trying not to let it affect him except in his dreams, where he has no control. In science class, each student is assigned a meal worm to study and Jeremy ends up with not only a meal worm of his own, but with Aaron's too, the most hyperactive kid in the class. Through studying the meal worm and interacting with Aaron, Jeremy learns how to treat people when they are different and how to let go of his secret.

This is one of the sweetest books I've read in a while. Jeremy is a typical boy, wanting to be cool and kind at the same time. I got a little teary at the end when Jeremy admits the secret he'd been carrying around about his father's death and was gratified by the ending. This is a good quick read with a lot of heart and very realistic characters.

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