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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547637241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547637242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Those with strong stomachs for the gross and creepy may be the audience for this Kafkaesque book."--School Library Journal

 

"Impressively unappetizing and absolutely unique."--Booklist

 

"Dark and unsettling, Thompson's adventure presents a break from the same-old-same-old by creating something utterly new and weird . . . this is a tale to jolt readers out of their complacency, where characters change in unfamiliar ways with no guarantee of a happy ending."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy, before moving to New York to write full time. She was educated at Boston University, the University of Oregon, and The New School. Find her on the web at marygthompson.com and teenwritersbloc.com.

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Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy, before moving to New York to write full time. She was educated at Boston University, the University of Oregon, and The New School. Find her on the web at http://www.marygthompson.com and http://www.teenwritersbloc.com.

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And from the very first page, I was hooked.
pjf27
Wuftoom sticks to the main story line and keeps the reader involved with Evan,the main character at all times.
SevereWX
Yeah, this is especially dark for a novel aimed at young adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I won this book from the One A Day Y. A. blog in a giveaway. I was not required to write a review in exchange, but always do so anyway.

Wuftoom is a highly imaginative but chilling book about a boy who initially thought he was just sick and then realized he was transforming into a worm like creature called a Wuftoom. This story is about how he evolves physically, emotionally and mentally-- and how he struggles to stay true to both his past human self, Evan and his new Wuftoom self, Brode.

There were a lot of great things about this book. The description is spot on, to the point that I was squirming in my seat from visualizing the disgusting way Wuftoom looked and moved and how they ate other creatures in gruesome detail. Evan/Brode was an engaging and interesting character. I enjoyed meeting the other Wuftoom (most specifically Olen, the old Wuftoom) and learning about their culture and background.

I definitely had an adjustment period to this book. I was almost nauseated from the descriptions initially. I think if I had read this when I was 12 years old as the book states is its younger limit, I would have had nightmares for days. And I still don't know how I feel about how the book glazes over the issue of children being converted into Wuftoom. *SPOILER ALERT* More specifically, our protagonist lures another child into becoming a Wuftoom-- and although Wuftoom are an interesting species, I'm not sure I would ever condemn any to that fate.

This said, this was a darkly entertaining and creative first novel from Mary Thompson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pjf27 on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't read a whole lot of middle grade books, and after reading Mary G. Thompson's 'Wuftoom' I have resolved to change that. This was one of the most enjoyable, surprising, creative books I have ever read.

I picked up 'Wuftoom' because of the beautifully intriguing cover and the fascinating premise described on the back cover: "Everyone thinks Evan is sick... But Evan knows he is not sick; he is transforming." And from the very first page, I was hooked. Nothing about this book is "dumbed down" because it's for kids. I've read far too many children's books where it's clear that the author doesn't really understand or remember what it's like to be a kid. Mary Thompson gets it -- she gets that kids aren't stupid, that kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, that kids deserve good, complicated stories, too, that kids are capable of understanding advanced language, and that kids can handle dark stories.

I've never read a story quite like this before -- and I read a lot! Evan made one mistake -- a mistake anyone easily could have made, and his whole life is changed because of it. After transforming into the worm-like creature called the Wuftoom, he goes underground to live with his new family and join the ongoing fight against their enemies, the Vitflys. The world Thompson creates is so real, so detailed, and so original that I never once questioned it. Same goes for the creatures -- they're all so vividly described that I often forgot they hadn't existed in fairy tale lore before. I accepted the Wuftoom, the Vitflys, the Higgers, and the Mifties as easily as I would accept more well-known mythical creatures such as vampires or ghosts.

One of the things I loved best about this story was that I never knew what was going to happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Walker VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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My son who is 13 loved this book which says something because he is not a reader. It is an adventure I even caught him reading when he could have been playing video games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2012
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Wuftoom is unlike anything I've encountered in YA literature. At its best it's a piercing tale of transformation, and while it does at times fail in its storytelling when we enter the society of the Wuftoom, it is so wildly unique that it is sure to impress any young fan of horror or dark fantasy. The story begins with Evan, and the reader is invited to follow him on a journey few could even contemplate. What most of the world thinks is an illness, Evan knows is a process of transformation. Unfortunately, he has seen exactly what he is transforming into, and it is the stuff of nightmares. The beginning of this book is riveting, as the author does such an unbelievable job of portraying Evan's pain and misery that it was almost hard to read. His encounters with the creatures of the dark raised the hairs on the back of my neck and had me searching the shadows for vitflies.

Evan is a finely drawn character, and his emotions come across with an intensity that is at times heartbreaking. The author does something totally unexpected, in that she succeeds in making a race of giant, sewer dwelling, parasitic worms almost...lovable. My only reservation about the book is that the pacing drug throughout the middle, and I wish the author would have been able to keep the same level of intensity that was present in the beginning. As Evan explores his new self, the story seemed to lose some of its energy and focus, although this was recaptured in an ending confrontation that was truly memorable.

Despite a temporary loss of pacing, Wuftoom remains a five star read for me simply because it was both horrifying and strangely uplifting. It gives the reader an interesting look at what exactly makes us human, and delivers some truly gross thrills in the process. This one probably won't have wide appeal, but it does have all the makings of a future cult classic. Wuftoom is an enthusiastic recommend if you're looking for a dip into some truly dark waters.
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