Hercufleas by Sam Gayton
Seriously, a middle grade book about a flea?
Wait... This is no commonplace flea. Meet Hercufleas, a flea who dreams of life beyond the ordinary. From birth, this is an insect destined for greatness.
The village of Tumber is being destroyed by a monster. When the strongest and fiercest opponents have been unable to stop his unrelenting siege of terror, Greta seeks a hero who will save her town from destruction. She decides to place her faith in a flea. This determined girl convinces him to leave his family and set off with her on what he believes will be an adventure.
It turns out to be considerably more than he anticipated. Greta expects results. Greta expects saving Tumber. Greta expects him to be her hero.
He learns that being a hero is much more than he envisioned. It can be frightening and require courage to face the unknown. Add to this a generous dose of gross-out moments. Imagine a flea stuck inside the monster's nostrils. Yes, it's that disgusting.
Gayton's book is filled with heart, humor and clever wordplay. Ultimately this is a story of determination, courage, and hope.
"There is always another way. You just have to believe."
"We are all fleas on the back of a creature called Hope."