Boy Bites Bug

Boy Bites Bug

3.9 (176 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.9 (176 ratings by Goodreads)
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Will didn't plan to eat a stinkbug. But when his friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will did it as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like French flies and maggot-aroni and fleas.

Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy's help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more.

Will may have bitten off more than he can chew as crickets, earthworm jerky-even a scorpion-end up on his plate, but insects are the least of his problems. When things between Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty and honor-and learns that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419721410
  • 9781419721410

Review quote

"Petruck successfully weaves such important themes as bias, solidarity, and coming to recognize one's own privilege and prejudice together, delivering them in a plot that is so very middle school (bugs! sports!) that it will hopefully appeal to a broad audience who might not otherwise choose to read about these crucial topics. An admirable feat that entertains even as it instructs."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Rebecca Petruck

While researching Boy Bites Bug, Rebecca Petruck prepared and ate cricket tacos and wax worm cookies from ingredients that arrived alive--and were delicious! The earthworm jerky, however, was not. She recommends juicy sago worms instead. Yum!

Petruck is also the author of Steering Toward Normal, which was an American Booksellers Indies Introduce New Voices and Kids Indie Next List pick, as well as a BCCB Best Book of the Year featured in Vanity Fair's Hollywood, the LA Times, and Christian Science Monitor. Formerly of Minnesota, Petruck now lives in the mountains of North Carolina. You may visit her online at
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Rating details

176 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 31% (54)
4 36% (64)
3 27% (47)
2 5% (8)
1 2% (3)
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