Mary Amato The Word Eater

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The Word Eater

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Life is miserable for sixth-grader Lerner Chanse at her new school, where the MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones on Earth) Club ruthlessly rules over the SLUGs (Sorry Losers Under Ground). Then Lerner accidentally discovers that her pet worm Fip eats paper - with startling results...When he eats a label with the words "Mack's Thumbtacks", all Mack's thumbtacks instantly vanish and papers slip from bulletin boards everywhere! It seems that if Fip eats a word, that item simply disappears from the world - forever. Now that Lerner knows about Fip's magic, she has some extraordinary powers of her own - and some big decisions to make. Should she eliminate crime? Her mean neighbour Bobby Nitz's evil dog? Or simply wipe Cleveland Park Middle School off the face of the earth? Or will destroying anything cause effects that she can't imagine or predict? Lerner soon discovers that extraordinary power brings extraordinary responsibility - but will she learn her lesson in time?

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Mary Amato is now known for her comic middle-grade novels. "The Word Eater" was Ms. Amato's first novel. She is also the author of "Snarf Attack", "Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All", as well as "The Naked Mole-Rat Letters". Ms. Amato is a storyteller, poet, puppeteer, mask-maker, and quilt-maker, too. She makes her home just outside Washington, D.C.

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An overstuffed tale that will nevertheless wriggle its way into readers' affections, starring an out-crowd sixth grader and a tiny, worm-like creature who can make anything vanish by eating the word for it. Hatchling Fip's taste for the printed word may be judged unacceptably runtly and weakish by his earthworm clan, but when he munches on an empty thumbtack box, loose papers suddenly avalanche from bulletin boards nationwide. Fip doesn't stop there; unhappily on her way to being dubbed a SLUG (Sorry Loser Under Ground) by the classroom coterie MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones On Earth), Lerner Chanse spots him sampling an article about a newly discovered star. Learning later that the star has vanished from the skies, she confirms her suspicion by nudging him onto the school lunch menu (no more spinach soufflé--anywhere, ever again). Has Lerner found the way to acceptance--or to universal disaster? Both, as it turns out, though ensuing misadventures ranging from the near-catastrophic--as when Fip nearly eats the word oxygen out of her science homework--to the hilarious teach her that her little buddy's ability is definitely nothing to trifle with. In the end, the universe is saved when a clever bookworm entices Fip to gobble down the words Fip's magic. To drive home the point that actions can have unintended, far-reaching repercussions, Amato trucks in a sackful of side plots, including one wildly tangential tale involving a ruthless businessman who finally gets proper comeuppance for using thumbtacks, manufactured by captive children, to train attack dogs. Several stories bundled together, this amiable cautionary tale, often reminiscent of Clifton Fadiman's Wally the Wordworm or Mary Haynes's more melodramatic Wordchanger , makes a promising, if undisciplined, debut. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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