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HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS: BOOK REPORT

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  •           THE AUTHOR OF HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS IS THOMAS ROCKWELL. HE HAS MADE SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS SUCH AS HOW TO FIGHT A GIRL AND HOW TO GET FABULOUSLY RICH. HE WAS BORN ON MARCH 12, 1933. THE PUBLISHER OF HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS IS FRANKLIN WATTS. THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED ON 1973 AND HAS 115 PAGES. YOU CAN GET THIS BOOK ON AMAZON AND YOUR NEARBY BOOKSTORE. THE BOOK IS ABOUT A BET PLACED BETWEEN FOUR BOYS, ALAN, JOE, TOM, AND BILLY. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK, ALL THE BOYS ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY FIND ICKY. ALAN THEN MAKES A BET WITH BILLY. THE BET IS THAT BILLY WILL EARN $50 FROM ALAN IF HE EATS 15 WORMS IN 15 DAYS. THE RULES ARE THAT BILLY CAN EAT IT WITH WHATEVER HE WANTS, ALAN AND JOE HAVE TO FIND THE WORM, AND SOMEONE HAS TO SEE HIM EAT IT.
  •           THE FIRST WORM IS THE NIGHT CRAWLER. BILLY ARGUES THE FACT AND CLAIMS THAT IT NOT A WORM SO THEY SEARCH IT UP IN THE DICTIONARY BUT IT IS. BILLY THINKS ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS TO DO WITH THE $50 AND DECIDES ON A MINIBIKE. WHEN BILLY CONSUMES THE WORM HE STARTS TO FLAP HIS HANDS LIKE A BIRD WOULD WHEN FLYING. ALAN AND JOE THEN DECIDED THAT FOR THE NEXT WORM, THEY WOULD ADD PEPPER SO BILLY WOULD SNEEZE AND THEN WHEN BILLY EATS THE WORM, HE STARTS TO GET A BIT SICK. THEY ALL DECIDE THAT THE NEXT WORM IS GOING TO BE FRIED IN CORNMEAL AND THEN BILLY EATS IT. ALAN AND JOE ARE STARTING TO PLAN SOMETHING TO TRICK BILLY AND WHAT THEY TELL HIM IS THAT JOE’S DAD FLIPPED OUT BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THAT JOE WAS THE ONE EATING THE WORMS AND HIS MOM PASSED OUT BUT THEY NEVER SAID WHY. LATER ON, THEY TRY TO MAKE TOM TO EAT A WORM SO THAT THEY CAN SHOW THAT EATING WORMS AREN’T HARMFUL BUT TOM RAN AWAY AT THE LAST MINUTE. BILLY HAS SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT EATING THE 5TH WORM BUT HE EATS THE WORM BECAUSE HE OVERHEARS JOE AND ALAN MAKING FUN OF HIM. ALAN THEN STARTS TO GET WORRIED BECAUSE HE FEELS LIKE HE IS GOING TO LOSE AND CALLS JOE LATE AT NIGHT.
  •           BILLY HAS A NIGHTMARE ABOUT EATING THE WORMS AND WAKES UP FEELING SICK. HE WAKES UP HIS PARENTS. THEY CALL POISON CONTROL AND ONLY HIS MOM IS WORRIED BUT HIS DAD IS NOT BECAUSE HE CLAIMS THAT HE ATE A CRAWFISH THAT WAS STILL ALIVE WHEN HE WAS IN COLLEGE BUT NOTHING HAPPENED TO HIM. BILLY STILL EATS THE NEXT 3 WORMS WITH NO PROBLEM BUT HE STILL DOESN’T TALK TO TOM AND JOE DID NOT COME TO WITNESS BILLY EATING THE 8TH WORM. FOR THE 9TH WORM, ALAN AND JOE GLUE TWO WORMS TOGETHER AND FRIED THEM SO THAT THEY COULD TRICK BILLY INTO THINKING IT WAS ONE BUT BILLY FOUND OUT WHEN HE TOOK OFF THE CORNMEAL. LATER, HE CALLED TOM TO SEE HOW IT IS GOING, WHICH MAKES THEM START TALKING AGAIN. JOE AND ALAN TRY TO TELL BILLY MOM THAT HE IS EATING WORMS AND SHE GETS MAD SO SHE CALL THE DOCTOR TO MAKE SURE IT IS ALL RIGHT TO BE EATING WORMS AND HE SAYS THAT IT IS OKAY. SINCE JOE AND ALAN LEAVE TOWN, THEY ASK IF BILLY’S MOM COULD BE THE ONE WATCHING BILLY EAT THE NEXT 2 WORMS. BILLY’S PARENTS START TO JOKE ABOUT THE BET AND THEY LOOK FOR WORM RECIPES IN THE COOKBOOK THAT THEY OWN. BILLY ENJOYS THE WORM THAT HIS MOM PREPARED AND HIS DAD TRIES TO TAKE A BITE BUT HIS MOM SNAPS AT DAD TELLING THAT BILLY HAS TO EAT EVERY BITE. BILLY’S MOM MAKES AN ICE CREAM THAT HAS A WORM IN IT.
  •           JOE AND ALAN PLAN TO INVITE BILLY TO THE SHEA STADIUM WHERE THEY WILL MAKE HIM EAT A LOT OF JUNK FOOD SO HE COULD FALL ASLEEP AND FORGET TO EAT THE NEXT WORM. THEIR LITTLE PLAN TO TRICK BILLY WORKED BUT BILLY’S MOM WAKES BILLY UP AND HE REALIZES WHAT JOE AND ALAN DID. IT IS ONLY 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES 12 AND BILLY WILL MISS THE WORM SO HE RUNS AND WAKES UP HIS BROTHER PETE AND TOM. PETE GOES AROUND SEARCHING FOR A WORM AND FINDS ONE. THEY TURN ON A SIREN OUTSIDE OF ALAN’S HOUSE  IN WHICH THEY WAKE EVERYONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND BILLY EATS THE WORM, RIGHT THEN AND THERE, RAW AND FALLS DOWN HOLDING HIS STOMACH. ALAN’S DAD GETS REALLY MAD AND JOE HIDES UNDER HIS BED. THEY ARE ORDERED TO GO HOUSE BY HOUSE TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE DISTURBANCE. ALL THE BOYS FIGHT AND BILLY GETS HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A ROCK. BILLY GOT A LETTER FROM THE DOCTOR SAYING THAT HE FOUND IN ARTICLE THAT STATES WORMS CAN HURT YOU WHILE HE WAS EATING A PEANUT BUTTER AND FRIED WORM SANDWICH. BILLY’S DAD COMES HOME AND BILLY SHOWS HIM THE LETTER AND HE RESPONDS WITH, “SO IT FOOLED YOU?”
  •          BILLY THEN EATS THE SANDWICH WHICH IS HIS 14TH WORM. BILLY EATS HIS ’15TH WORM’ BUT THINKS THAT IT WAS FAKE BECAUSE IT TASTED DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE OTHERS SO HE DECIDES TO EAT ANOTHER. HE SETS HIS CLOCK TO GET THE MONEY AT 10 A.M. OF THE NEXT DAY. TOM IS NOT THERE BUT WHILE GOING TO EAT THE SECOND WORM TO MAKE SURE AND TO BE SAFE, ALAN LOCKS BILLY IN A CLOSET TO PREVENT HIM FROM WINNING SO HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY. JOE WARNS ALAN THAT BILLY’S PARENTS MIGHT HERE BILLY SCREAMING AND SHOUTING IN THE CLOSET. BILLY’S PARENTS FIND THEM AND THEY SEND THE BOYS HOME AND BILLY TO HIS ROOM WHERE HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO FINISH THE NEXT WORM. BILLY GETS MAD AND STARTS KICKING HIS BED. TOM THEN SHOWS UP AND ASKS BILLY’S MOM WHAT HAD OCCURRED. TOM STARTS TO DISTRACT BILLY’S MOM SO THAT PETE CAN SECRETLY GIVE BILLY A WORM SO HE COULD WIN THE BET. ALAN AND JOE ARE YELLING SO THAT BILLY’S MOM CAN HEAR AND GET BILLY IN TROUBLE AND PREVENT HIM FROM WINNING. OTHERWISE, BILLY EATS THE WORM AND WINS. BILLY FINDS OUT THAT ALAN IS WORKING TO BE ABLE TO PAY BILLY FOR WINNING THE BET AND BILLY BOUGHT THE MINIBIKE HE WAS LONGING FOR. AT THE END, BILLY SAYS THAT HE STILL EATS WORMS AND THAT HE IS ‘HOOKED’ ON WORMS.