The Secret of Ferrell Savage (Hardcover)

Staff Reviews

This is a great middle grade read, written right here in Denver. 
It's funny, but it does deal with the competitiveness that can hit in
our pre-teen years (and longer) as well as protecting your
family from ridicule while dealing with your first real crush.  But
really, it's Alferd Packer (or Alfred--it;s a little
confusing) making things difficult for Ferrell and his best friend
Mary--it's pretty hard to ignore a historically known dead cannibal.

I read this book in just a couple of hours, laughed a lot, and LOVED it!" ~Jackie

— Jackie reads books of all genres and all ages, and she knows when she finds an outstanding read.


Middle school romance is hard enough, but cannibalism really gets in the way. This humorous look at first crushes and family secrets is sure to be devoured.

Ferrell Savage is finally twelve, and finally eligible to compete in The Big Sled Race on Golden Hill—the perfect chance to impress Mary Vittles. Mary is Ferrell’s best friend…and maybe, someday, something more.

Except the “more” Ferrell first finds is more information about his family. It turns out that his great, great, great uncle had an encounter with Mary’s great, great grandfather. And the encounter was, well, let’s just say…edible. Sure, the circumstances were extreme, but some facts might just be romantically indigestible. At least now Ferrell understands why his family is vegan.

But even as Ferrell and Mary encounter blackmail, a second sled race, and a particularly enticing bag of beef jerky, Ferrell realizes that he might still have a chance with Mary. If, that is, his family secret doesn’t eat them alive.

About the Author

J. Duddy Gill eats no meat but consumes lots of Skittles and kale, and often refers to a thesaurus for smarter sounding words. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Praise For…

"Offer this fine first novel to fans of Janet Tashjian’s My Life series or the Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce."
— Booklist

"Cheerful absurdity...compellingly drawn.... A screwball take on an unusual topic that’s tempered with sweetness and honesty, this will appeal to youngsters who want to sink their teeth into something a little less conventional."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 2014

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442460171
ISBN-10: 1442460172
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 176
Language: English