The Worm Whisperer

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Macmillan, Jan 22, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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You've heard of Horse Whisperers and Dog Whisperers, but Ellis thinks he might be a Worm Whisperer!

Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time outdoors that sometimes he thinks he can talk with them. When he discovers a caterpillar that seems to follow his directions, he knows he has a chance to win the annual Woolly Worm race. The prize money is $1,000--exactly the amount of the deductible for his dad's back surgery. If Ellis is right and he can train his woolly worm to be the fastest in the county, he's sure can solve all his family's problems. But when you're trying to talk to insects, nothing is as simple as it seems.

From Betty Hicks, author of the Gym Shorts series for new readers, comes a story of friendship, family, and hidden talents that might be more useful than they first seemed.


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I appreciated the lack of a "fairy tale" ending. - Goodreads
Ben Hatke's illustrations are fantastic. - Goodreads
This book exceeds the promise of its premise. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Great book for 3rd or 4th grade students. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Crawford - Goodreads

This is a sweet story. I like the main character and his relationships with the other characters - they are realistic and loving. I found the story draggy at times, but my 7-year-old didn't lose interest. Religion features fairly prominently. Read full review

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Betty Hicks is the author of the Gym Shorts series as well as novels Get Real, Out of Order, Busted! and I Smell Like Ham. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ben Hatke is the author/illustrator behind Zita, the Spacegirl. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters.

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