How to Eat Fried Worms

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For the film based on the book, see How to Eat Fried Worms (film).
How to Eat Fried Worms
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Author Thomas Rockwell
Language English
Series Children's novel
Publisher Franklin Watts
Publication date
1973
Media type Print
Pages 115
Followed by How to Fight a Girl

How to Eat Fried Worms is the title of a children's book written by Thomas Rockwell, first published in 1973. It was later turned into a CBS Storybreak episode in the mid-1980s, and a movie of the same name in 2006. Because the novel's content—the idea of eating worms as part of a bet—is thought to be disgusting by some, it has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association's list of most commonly challenged books in the United States of 1990-2000 at number 96.[1]

The story continues in its sequel How to Fight a Girl, which has also been released under the title How to Get Famously Rich.

Plot summary[edit]

During the first day of his new school year, a fifth grade boy squares off against a bully and winds up accepting a dare that could change the balance of power within the class.

10-year-old Billy lives with his parents & his younger brother Woody. He hates his younger brother. At school, Joe challenges Billy to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Joe and his friends prepare the worms in a variety of ways to make them more appetizing, using condiments such as ketchup, mustard, horseradish, and maple syrup. His parents eventually find out about the bet, which he ultimately ties with the bully instead of winning. All the worms he eats in the book are nightcrawlers.

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