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Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
I’ve enjoyed many of Sachar’s books so I was very pleased to receive an advance copy from NetGalley of this new book scheduled for release in August.
Goodreads summary: ” Be careful. Your next step may be your last.”
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.”
My thoughts: This was a weird little story and I loved it. I really enjoyed it and know that several of my students will as well. It would be an excellent classroom read aloud. Not only is the story entertaining, but there are several topics that teachers can use to generate meaningful classroom discussions: bullying, environmental concerns, greed, and courage. Readers who enjoy Carl Hiassen’s Hoot will enjoy this book. I’ve already added it to my fall list of books to order.
Recommended for 4th grade an up.