Garn Summer Reading Series: Rick Meyer Reads from Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero
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Author: Rick Meyer
Book: Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero
Garn Press (114 pp.)
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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.
Author Rick Meyer reads from Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero
Book Reviews: Flush: The Exaggerated Memoir of a Fourth Grade Scaredy-Cat Super-Hero
“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. 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
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.” – 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 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