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Synopsis: Hoping to help their troubled father after their parents split up, Worm and his older brother Todd run away from home and head to their mother's house on a trek across suburban Virginia. Reprint.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7. Upset by news that their father has been seen sitting on his roof for several days, 11-year-old Willy (aka Worm) and his older brother, Todd, decide to try to help him. They sneak out of their mother's house at night and decide to make the 25-mile trip through the woods surrounding their suburban neighborhood. The trek becomes dangerous when some menacing teens steal most of their camping equipment. Then, Todd injures his hand, and the boys end up arguing and going their separate ways. When Worm reaches his father's house, he finds the police, along with Todd and their mother, trying to have the man hospitalized. The brothers eventually talk him into coming down and he agrees to seek treatment for his depression. There are several stories going on here, none of which is fully developed. The survival story isn't compelling and many of the problems the boys encounter seem to be little more than contrivances to move the plot along. The evolution of the sibling relationship is also weak. Worm's rambling, first-person narrative is at times unbelievably wise and at other times incredibly naive. There is no foreshadowing of the boys' disagreement, so it comes as a complete surprise. The offhanded treatment of the father's serious problem is also troubling. Even after Dad explains his mental illness, it seems to be resolved much too easily. These parts contains the grain of an interesting story, but they don't come together to form a satisfying whole.?Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
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Title: You Can Call Me Worm (Novel)
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Paperback. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0698117514I5N00
Book Description Puffin, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0698117514