(Little Brown, 2005)
Militant vegan Frederika Murchison-Kowalski returns to the Peshtigo School after a brief “hiatus,” but she then discovers that she has to live with her grandfather, who just happens to own a butcher shop and sausage deli. Not only that, Freddie’s cousin, Hans-Peter, is a diehard carnivore but needs Freddie’s insider knowledge to get accepted into the Peshtigo School himself. Throw in a flaming dinosaur, a recipe for vegan kielbasa, and an accidental amputation, and this battle of generations, wills, and diets will have readers laughing out loud.
- Finalist, Writers League of Texas Teddy Award.
- Finalist, Texas State Reading Association Golden Spur Award
- Featured book, Texas Book Festival
“This book will make kids laugh out loud.”
–School Library Journal
“Tofu and T. rex captures the quirky eccentricities of small private schools, especially in the way they seem to foster and nurture quirky and eccentric (and highly intelligent if quixotic) personalities. This book is a fun read and a fitting continuance of the earlier work, Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo.”
–Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
“How do I possibly describe a book about private school applications, sausage making, paleontology, vegans and accidental arson? Maybe the better question is how a person writes something that combines all of these extremely varied subjects into a cohesive and fun storyline.. . .[TOFU] is a major trip into figuring out what matters and who is important and when you should make a stand. It is also, more than any book I have read in a while, about the strength a couple of teenagers find in being themselves. It’s a book about authenticity and honesty and along the way it is one hilarious adventure. . . .There’s a lot going on in Tofu and T.Rex that a reader will respond to with a grin, a nod or a bit of personal revelation. And there’s a lot to think about after the book is finished, which may be the most surprising, and best, thing of all.”