Life is miserable for sixth grader Lerner Chanse at her new shool, where the MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones On Earth) Club ruthlessly rules over the SLUGs (Sorry Losers Under Ground). It looks as if Lerner is destined to be a SLUG, until she finds a magical worm that eats printed words instead of dirt. If Fip eats a word, that item simply disappears from the world -- forever.
A worm whose appetite runs to words rather than dirt is discovered by a sixth-grader, who realizes that every time the worm eats a word, the object it signifies disappears forever. "This first novel will appeal to bookworms," according to PW. Ages 8-12.