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Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveryor, World Savior

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"Every page is essential." —project-nerd

Can a homeless teen from New York City, armed mostly with deli foods, save an alien race from extinction? The answer is not what you might think.

Orphan, product of the foster care system, Welfy is a homeless runaway struggling to survive, uncertainly navigating the streets of New York City with his only friend Harlan Mills. Soon
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Paperback, Second, 222 pages
Published May 2014 by Opsimath Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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A Reader's Heaven
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Welfy Q. Deederhoth is a young boy, been through the foster home cycle and has ended up living on the streets of New York. One day, he approaches the owner of the Grammercy Deli and asks for work. He ends up working there day after day, in exchange for a place to sleep and all the meat products he can handle...until that one night when he falls through a portal into an imaginary world - the world of the
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Pop Bop
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Bottom line - this book is much, much better than it first looks like it's going to be. The whole premise - Welfy the orphan in his deli apron, pulling out "magic" cold cuts to save rebels in a parallel universe - feels precious and headed straight for the farts/boogers/gross sub-genre. Well guess what? The book is well written, exciting, funny and remarkably perceptive and even, dare I say it, tender.

Welfy is an orphan runaway in New York City, taken in by a deli owner who puts
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DelAnne Frazee
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Welfy Q. Deederhoth - Meat Purveyor, World Savior
Author: Eric Laster
Illustrator: Max Graenitz
Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA/Opsimath Press
Published: 12-17-2013
ISBN: 9780985043728
E-Book: B00HEQ4ME8
Pages: 168
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne


Welfy Q. Deederhoth is a young boy who had lived in thirty-one foster homes in twenty-four months and had had enough. He now lives on
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Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (Sept 4)

I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Homeless teen Welfy gets a job in a deli working for meals before discovering a portal to another planet in the deli's basement. He's going to have to pull something special out of his apron to get out of this in one piece.

This is a wholly original take on the “undiscovered hero” plotline for the upper-middle grade, lower-YA audience. It
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Urthwild Darkness Beckons
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkness-beckons
Welfy is an orphan failed by the welfare system, who runs away to live in the big apple, New York City, but don't let that put you off.

He decides to relocate and leaves his various children's and foster homes behind to make his own way in the world. I don't think most of us could blame a boy who had lived in 31 homes in 2 years for trying another solution. Bargaining his work skills in exchange for food might not exactly be an ideal way to live his extremely young life, our hero doesn't know it
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Susan
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welfy runs away from his foster home and meets Harlan another runaway that has been on the streets for a longer time. Welty searches for food and jobs. He finally gets a job and food at a Manhattan deli. Finally the deli's owner lets Welfy sleep at the besides food and a small salary. Harlan comes by and gets handouts plus money from Welfy. One evening Welfy trips and lands in another world where he is hailed as the savior of their race according to legend. Welfy tries to tell them that he is ...more
Bronte
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids and adults who like humor, heart and adventure;
Recommended to Bronte by: a friend
I'm a grown-up who loves good kids' books, and also books that are both truly funny and have real heart, and Welfy Q. fits the bill. I couldn't put down Welfy; I needed to know what would happen next! The novel takes place partly in contemporary New York City and partly in an alternate universe, where Welfy is considered the hoped-for savior of an alien race. In New York, his deli apron protects him from getting food and condiments on his clothing; in the alternate universe, the apron pocket is ...more
Koeur
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Publisher: Opsimath
Publishing Date: May 2014
ISBN: 9780692210314
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 3.8/5

Publisher Description: Orphan, product of the foster care system, Welfy is a homeless runaway struggling to survive, uncertainly navigating the streets of New York City with his only friend Harlan Mills. Soon after he finds work at Gramercy Deli, he stumbles into an alternate universe where he’s believed to be “The One in a dirty apron” prophesied to lead the
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Jackie
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strangely light-hearted story about a young man who is living on the streets after leaving the last and possibly the worst of a series of foster homes. Then he walks into the Gramercy Deli and makes his usual offer, “I’ll work and if you like what what I do, you feed me.” The owner agrees and the pattern continues until Welfy is given a cot in the back and a small salary. Then while carrying a box of canned peas to the basement, Welfy trips and lands in another universe, where he is viewed as ...more
Jessica
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A kid friend of mine, who is 11 and a voracious reader, loves this book so much he has carried it back and forth to school in his backpack so that he can read it during his free time. At last count, he had read Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior by, Eric Laster, five times. I suspect the count has gone up since then. This middle-grade novel has a wonderful mix of realism and fantasy—perfect for escape reading, with a real kid going through real troubles who finds his own kind of ...more
Maci
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welfy Q. Deederthoth: World Savior, Meat Purveyor is a really good book. It is about a boy named Welfy Q. Deederhoth, he is homeless and an orphan. Welfy has to scavenge around for food and never knows when his next meal will be. But he has a friend, his friend’s name is Harlan and his story is worse than Welfy’s. These two boys look out for each other, as much as you can when you live on the streets. Welfy finds some work one day in a deli in exchange for food. He keeps getting food for working ...more
Zoe
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting to read, never predictable. I have never read anything like it before. Of all the books I have read, this is the first that brought aliens and orphans together. One of the things that I liked was how the book explained how Welfy felt when he discovered the prophecy. It made me aware of the condition of orphans better. The book is about Welfy q. Deederhoth, an orphan, who stumbles into an alien world that is in a state of war. I was very ...more
Chime Library
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Welfy Q Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior. I thought it was going to be a book that I would suggest to boys, but it is so much more than a boy book. There is plenty of adventure and action for readers, but there is such much "meat" to the story. This book makes you think and takes you into the thoughts of a boy who has never had a place to belong until now. It was heart warming without being sappy and even manages to include a bit of history out New York City. I'm ...more
Ken
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads contest and that was awesome since I do enjoy YA novels. I am a teacher and seem to be on the lookout for novels that will keep students reading. Young males are the toughest to please and this story has a lot to keep them happy. Action, relatable characters and gross out parts. Very much a kids dream come true!! I approve of the activity of decoding included at the end of the book. Let's keep these brains working! I am so glad I was given the opportunity ...more
Jeffrey russell
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i won a sign copy of this book cant wait to get it so happy first book to win on here
Sofia The Great
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, netgalley
I got this book free from Netgalley for an honest review.

Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveryor, World Savior by Eric Laster is actually a very fun read. Its about a homeless kid name Welfy and battle to save an alien race from extinction. I thought having the hero as homeless kid was unique and not something you see much in children's novels. I really liked the characters and the adventure. My only complaint is the language spoken by the alien race. "xserashakhsk akjsaksa" just felt like a kid
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Colin Paylor
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This has to be the worst book i have ever read !
What starts out as a very interesting story about a young boy who finds work at a deli in exchange for food then flips over into absolute garbage.
'' Xoi jlicgalm ah ilmraimol , '' says Grrrrmmph , giving the Brumdeedles a pep talk via vid cast . '' Am gxo jcml lr gxo Tryndian. Gxo rlimoi Tryndian kcjcio.''
is a sample of the sheer crap that i endured reading this book .
I would not ever recommend this book to anyone it is absolute rubbish !
Johara Almogbel
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable! I very much liked the concept of different dimensions and other space worlds. I do wish the story had taken its time setting up Welfy's story though, the beginning was quite promising. Definitely buying a copy for my little brother.
Sarah Gagnon
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on a whim at NYCC last year and just got around to reading it. Great book. Better than i would have thought! Love it! Read it!
Max
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charmingly bonkers combination of interplanetary fantasy and real-world concern of teen homelessness. I can see how it might be geared to a fairly specific taste, but it certainly worked for me.
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A New Yorker by birth, Eric Laster lives in Los Angeles. After a successful stint as a ghostwriter, Eric re-launched under his own name with the middle-grade novel Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior. Whenever he’s not scribing, Eric records punk rock and presses it to vinyl.

"Original and unfailingly entertaining from first page to last, Static by Eric Laster is deftly crafted and
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