Fuzzy Mud (Paperback)
Louis Sachar, the Newberry Medal award winning author of Holes, came out with yet another INCREDIBLE book! The page-turning thriller involves 5th grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and 7th graders Marshall Walsh and Chad Hilligas. The trio ends up lost in the woods when Marshall insists on taking a shortcut to avoid bully, Chad, who ends up finding them anyway. They stumble upon a mud that appears to be fuzzy, which is actually not mud at all and is a very contagious microbe that's supposed to be an incredible new biofuel! Chad jumps them and Tamaya flings the mud in Chad’s face to defend herself and Marshall. The two run home. Tamaya starts to experience a weird rash on her hand the next day, just when news of a missing child spreads all over the school. Apparently, Chad Hilligas never made it home the previous day and Tamaya just might know what happened. Find out what happens in this marvelous book where a rivalry turns to a friendship and an ecological disaster breaks loose.— Amanda, Goddard Middle School in Littleton, CO
They got lost.
The world got scared.
And the mud got fuzzy.
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight.
To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined. What they uncover might affect the future of the world.
FUZZY MUD is an imaginative and suspenseful story of the great lengths we’ll go to for friendship and family, the mishaps and breakthroughs that are made in the name of science, and the wonders of mud . . . fuzzy mud.
A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
“The children are well-realized characters and agents within their immediate social worlds . . . [and] the very fate of the world is at stake.” —The New York Times
“Holds as much suspense as fuel for discussion.” —Booklist, Starred
Winner of the Georgia Children's Award and the Buckeye Children's Teen Book Award (Ohio)
"Grounded in well-rounded central characters, this compelling novel holds as much suspense as fuel for discussion.”—Booklist, Starred
"Fast-paced. An exciting story of school life, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science."—Kirkus Reviews
"This engaging eco-cautionary tale... will captivate readers while giving them plenty to think about."—School Library Journal
". . . vintage Sachar for the way it brings big ideas to everyday drama."—The Horn Book
"Sachar blends elements of mystery, suspense, and school-day life into a taut environmental cautionary tale."—Publishers Weekly
"An engrossing plot . . .a most entertaining ride . . . .Readers will devour this delightful book just as they did with HOLES. A unique story that keeps readers on their toes."—VOYA
"Sachar is a master at compact and unintimidating plotting; the school story unfolds with swift authenticity in its own right and then becomes tautly suspenseful."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
". . .lively narrative . . . snappy dialogue and plenty of action."—Shelf Awareness