GARN RECOMMENDED READING: Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero

A weekly book series from Garn Press featuring our recommended book for the week. This week’s recommended reading: Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero is on sale on Amazon, 20% off, $12.75.

Author: Rick Meyer
Garn Press (114 pp.)
$24.95 hardcover, $12.75 paperback, $9.99 e-book. Ebook $2.99 through Kindle Matchbook Program
ISBN: 978-1942146391
Paperback & Hardcover Available: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound (local bookstore)
eBook Available: Amazon. Ebook $2.99 through Kindle Matchbook Program. Available for free through Amazon Kindle Unlimited Program.

About the Book

When fourth grade ends, Ricky is on his own for the summer because his parents have jobs and his sisters are, well, they’re sisters so he’s not interested in them. The summer begins on a high note as he begins gathering items left at people’s curbsides, things like lawn mowers, baby strollers, old lamps, and appliances. His plans to build a vehicle go well, and then he starts building a robot. But his plans are interrupted as he rides around the neighborhood one morning and gets jumped by Mike. Mike beats up Ricky, leaving him bloody and his bike in ruins. Fearing his father’s reaction to the wrecked bike and his mother’s reaction to his torn and bloody clothing, Ricky hides both and secretly works on repairing his bike.

His relationship with his father is confusing for Ricky as he tries to please him but just cannot seem to do so. Ricky’s father is equally confused by their relationship. The summer meanders through other adventures, including a recurring nightmare in which Ricky, a skinny kid, is flushed down the toilet. Catastrophe follows disaster as Ricky works to keep his summer secrets from his parents, fearing they will get a babysitter to keep watch over him if they know some of the many things that have been going on.

Book Reviews

“This book should be in every intermediate classroom in the USA!” Nancy Rankie Shelton, author of 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival.

“One of these books that just NEEDED to be written. Now it has been you somehow can’t imagine the world without it! Bullying, humor, growing up, courage, sympathy and a play with language and everyday things – they’re all there, and more. In abundance, flowing into and through the reader’s mind, and life. Very highly recommended.” – Ruth Finnegan, author of Black Inked Pearl

“This is a TERRIFIC book for all ages. It’s a quick read. I laughed, cried, and once again was reminded about the goodness of our public school teachers.” – Amazon

“Simultaneously heartwarming, heartbreaking and humorous, Rick Meyer takes you along on the summer adventures of a young boy as he faces all the complex challenges of growing up. Whether you are a kid of today or 40 years ago, you will relate to Ricky as he tries to enjoy the simple summer pleasures of bike riding and ice cream while neighborhood bullies, difficult father-son relationships, and inner struggles get in the way. Masterfully told by an adult but from a boy’s perspective, Ricky’s story captures your heart and imagination from beginning to end, and keeps you rooting for the kid in all of us who must overcome fear, doubts and disappointments with cunning, courage and love.” – Amazon

“Loved every page of this entertaining book. I even laughed out loud during portions that reminded me of my own, similar adventures. Thank you for sharing your delightful story, Rick!” – Amazon

“Rick Meyer’s voice jumps right off the page.” – Amazon

“While reading Meyer’s Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero, my mind kept drifting to Susan Patron’s 2007 award winning The Higher Power of Lucky. Flush is an excellent read that includes the authentic inclusion of young male voices; the realistic relationships between young boys; the way a reader may identify with a kid who is a loner and yet quite able to have many great hours of summer fun; and the understandable difficulty in the communication between father and son. Meyer sprinkles humor throughout the book and Ricky’s thoughts and his way of being a child were excellently portrayed. I felt close to Ricky, like I’d want to watch him out the window if I could. I wondered if I had lived on his street when I was a kid if we might have been friends. I hope so.” – Amazon

“I liked it. Cute, fast-moving story on life and times of a 4th grader.” – Goodreads

“FLUSH is a delightful romp through childhood, and a detailed picture of what life was like growing up in the 60s. The narrator invites readers into the mind of a young boy trying to navigate his way through family, school, and neighborhood events. He’s a warm and likable kid, who trusts us with his secrets and fears, even while inviting us to laugh with and at his adventures. Great companion to GUYS READ, and worthy bookclub material for kids or adults.” – Amazon

“This book is a compelling read from start to finish. An honest and heartfelt portrayal of a boy’s summer exploring the neighborhood on his bike, coping with bullies and uncomfortable friendships – and dealing with his hard working parents. A slice of life story told with humor and realistic responses of a 10 year old boy. I enjoyed it as an adult, but I think fourth or fifth graders would love it.” – Amazon

“FLUSH by Rick Meyer, a fast read, is a fabulous book for all ages. Honest. I cried, laughed, and again my great appreciation for public school teachers was ever more deepened. In this book, Meyer detailed in hilarious ways how a skinny kid orchestrated being in school and making friends. Do read this book. I read it on Kindle in less than one hour. I just couldn’t stop and had to read this engaging book. It was a great way to start my day while I drank coffee.” – Goodreads

“This book included some realistic situations, which face our kids today however, I felt that some of the conflicts in the story, weren’t entirely dealt with, or resolved. In real life, we know this is the way of the world however, when writing a story specific for children, the course of resolution, and the incentive end “lesson” are vital.” – Goodreads

“I enjoyed reading Flush. I’m sending to my nephew for him to read.” – Goodreads

About Rick Meyer

Rick Meyer has been a writer for as long as he can remember. He loves to play with language in ways that inspire readers to consider ideas that he thinks are neglected. Rick typically does this through his teaching at the University of New Mexico or in the professional articles and books that he writes.

But in his novels and poetry, he challenges readers to notice the subtle everyday things that we often take for granted. He writes about the flabby part of his teacher’s arm that extends from her elbow to her shoulder and is amazed at the way it wobbles as she writes on the board. Or the aroma of rice cooking with tomato paste, which can serve as an alarm for a pending dinner of doom that has the taste of every leftover from the refrigerator.

Woven through those subtleties, he brings to light the difficult parts of being a boy, such as dealing with a bully, convincing a friend not to murder a beautiful fish, and understanding the complicated relationship between a boy and his father.

 

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