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Bug Girl
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Bug Girl
Bug Girl Series, Book 1
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Nothing prepares a girl for battling the forces of evil like the first year of middle school...

Amanda Price adores all things bug-related—from spiders to mantises—like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They're grossed out by it. Especially Amanda's ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird.

But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily's mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything.

Now Amanda has to act fast or her town and her mom are doomed! There's just one complication...she needs Emily's help.

Suddenly Amanda's worst enemy becomes her best ally, but working together may be even harder than saving their town from being squashed like a...well...

BUG GIRL. She's got the buzz.

Sarah Hines Stephens and Benjamin Harper's Bug Girl is a funny and action-packed superhero adventure filled with green illustrations and sidebars featuring real bug facts!

An Imprint Book

Nothing prepares a girl for battling the forces of evil like the first year of middle school...

Amanda Price adores all things bug-related—from spiders to mantises—like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They're grossed out by it. Especially Amanda's ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird.

But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily's mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything.

Now Amanda has to act fast or her town and her mom are doomed! There's just one complication...she needs Emily's help.

Suddenly Amanda's worst enemy becomes her best ally, but working together may be even harder than saving their town from being squashed like a...well...

BUG GIRL. She's got the buzz.

Sarah Hines Stephens and Benjamin Harper's Bug Girl is a funny and action-packed superhero adventure filled with green illustrations and sidebars featuring real bug facts!

An Imprint Book

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  • Benjamin Harper was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida where he spent his time obsessing over insects, dinosaurs, space travel, and kaiju attacks. He went to Warren Wilson College in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and then moved to New York where he started working in children's publishing. He's been involved in children's books ever since, as both an editor and author. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, California where he works on super hero stories and lives with his cat Edith Bouvier Beale, III.

    Benjamin is the author of the Bug Girl series and Obsessed with Star Wars.

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  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2017
    An insect-obsessed sixth-grader must convince her snobby former best friend to join forces with her in order to save their mothers from a dastardly villain. Twelve-year-old earnest, smart Amanda has been badly stung by her image-conscious friend Emily's mean-girl behavior, which commenced at the same time they started middle school. When, however, their mothers go missing even as strange, monstrous creatures rampage through their town, a set of clues left behind by Amanda's mother guides her to a new understanding about herself and about special powers she and Emily both possess. Readers will recognize the ugly social-clique dynamics depicted here and will enjoy the irony of Amanda's reclamation of the once-taunting name "Bug Girl." Stylized, cartoonish line drawings are featured on many pages, complementing the jazzy, futuristic design, and they match the novel's playful tone well. The main characters all seem to be white, with the exception of Emily's family's Latina housekeeper, Frida. Amanda's pal Vincent's fashion know-how proves a boon to her, and her funny and sweet grandfather is genuinely endearing. A clear setup at the end suggests there will be more to come for this science-minded protagonist. Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining but formulaic tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout. (Adventure. 8-12)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2017

    Gr 4-6-Sixth grader Amanda loves bugs and the adventures of Megawoman and Dragonfly, Oyster Cove's local superheroines, who haven't been seen in many years. Amanda doesn't like that since sixth grade started, her former BFF, Emily, is now one of the "uberpopular" kids and is nothing but mean to Amanda, calling her "Bug Girl." When evil invaders begin terrorizing their town, Amanda's nickname all of a sudden becomes quite real as she develops insectlike superpowers. She must learn to use these abilities very fast, as her and Emily's mothers have been kidnapped. Amanda must also figure out how to work alongside Emily again, which is no easy feat, even for a superhero. The book is visually appealing, with illustrated borders on each page and cartoon images and bug facts included throughout, and the superhero story line will make it an easy sell to a wide range of readers. The pacing is brisk, reminiscent of an animated TV show, though the plot points are repetitive and drag in spots. Characters are relatively flat. An epilogue sets up a possible sequel. VERDICT Likely to find an audience, this novel has enjoyable moments but is ultimately underwhelming.-Jenna Friebel, Oak Park Public Library, IL

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining ... tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout."
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