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Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick's a flea. 

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates - Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and little-yet-lethal Ant Bite - are terrifying. But in between trust-building exercises and midnight escape attempts, a tenuous friendship grows between them. Which is lucky, because a category 5 hurricane is coming, and everyone will have to work together - lions and fleas alike - to survive!  

Kate Beasley outdoes herself in this hilarious, whip-smart tale of brotherhood, survival, and what it really means to be a friend.

©2018 Kate Beasley (P)2018 Listening Library

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inspired book for young boys

Read this with my sons ages 11 and 9. They loved it. Funny parts...and real 10yr old thoughts it seems. There was much conversation from my kids during and after listening!

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  • 09-19-18

Holes-like camp story about friendship

Holes-like camp story, a story about discovering who your friends are... and yourself.

Frederick Frederickson really NEEDS his family holiday on the cruise ship. He's feeling like a 'flea on the butt of a meerkat', not the lion the middle-school dodgeball star is. But a storm cancels his holiday plans and he ends up accidentally 'borrowing' a friend's boat and lost down the river, near a disciplinary camp. Mistaken for a notorious trouble-maker, Frederick gets to know some of the other boys and enjoys feeling like a 'lion' for a change, using his stolen reputation to his advantage.

Of course, adversity always has to offer a challenge to a protagonist, and this book is no exception - Frederick may get the chance to understand what a real friend is, and who he really is.

A flawed 'hero', one who you can't quite get behind but to empathise with. Some funny camp scenes that ring true. An exciting climax and some satisfying character development.

I listened to the Audible version of this, which was a pleasurable few hours, a narrator who gave a young-sounding performance, and made Frederick sound a little whiny though still likeable as an underdog.

I would say this would suit a 10-13 year old best, fans of Holes will like the camp setting. A fairly mature look at what a friend is.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.