Samuel Gayton Hercufleas

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A wildly inventive tale filled with adventure, humour and lots of fleas. You'll be itching to read on.
     Greta is a girl on a mission: to venture to Avalon and bring back a hero who can save her home from destruction by the monstrous giant Yuk. Many heroes have tried before now. Many have failed. What Greta needs is a hero whose courage and self-belief are greater than himself. She needs Hercufleas. The only problem: he is a flea, no bigger than a raisin. But the smallest person might just have the biggest effect.

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SAM GAYTON lives in South London. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University and not long after published his first book, The Snow Merchant. He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he's not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).

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Gr 3–6—The village of Tumber is plagued by an ogre who appears every new moon, ripping the roofs off houses and snacking on the townsfolk within. The adults, with the exception of the wise (and slightly witchy) teacher, are of no use. Greta, a sad, determined girl whose parents were among the ogre's first victims, steals the last of the town's gold and makes her way to the storefront of Happily Ever Afters, hoping to hire a hero who can help where many others have failed. It so happens that the proprietor of Happily Ever Afters employs a family of fleas to act as typists. Hercufleas, an insect with an instinct for adventure, is disappointed to learn that his fleamily does not take a more active role in the hero work. He takes advantage of a moment's distraction, hops onto Greta's shoulder, and is off to save the day. The book is full of wordplay, and the main action compensates for a slow start and rather thin premise. Greta and Hercufleas travel across icy wastes and through an enchanted forest ("the woodn't") in search of the ultimate weapon. Eventually, they return to unite the villagers in their own defense. The story occasionally takes a turn for the gross: our hero finds himself lodged in another character's nostril twice, and the flavor and properties of different animals' blood are explored in depth. The conclusion suggests that the journey makes the hero, not his stature or the strength of his weapon. Gayton also emphasizes the power of collective action and the critical importance of believing in the possibility of change. VERDICT A clever tale of the power of the small over the mighty, with an itchy twist. A solid addition to large middle grade collections.—Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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