Friday, October 7, 2016

What Would Make the Mud Fuzzy?

Tamaya and Marshall walk the two miles back-and-forth to Woodbridge Academy together every day. Both kids have always enjoyed attending the private school, but lately Tamaya's been concerned that her friends are calling her a “goody two shoes". She can’t understand what's wrong with following the rules. Marshall has been struggling ever since Chad came to school and decided he wasn’t cool. Now no one wants to sit with Marshall anymore, and he’s becoming more insecure as the days go on. When Chad threatens to beat up Marshall after school, Marshall decides to take a shortcut through the forbidden woods. Tamaya has no choice but to follow. The walk through the woods is tough because they have to crawl and walk through lots of obstacles. Tamaya is fascinated by a patch of fuzzy mud that she sees. What is it? Is it bacteria or some kind of strange film or mold? The further they walk the more cuts and scratches they get, not to mention Tamaya’s torn sweater. If only those were the worst things to come from the woods. When Tamaya wakes up the next morning a strange rash has broken out all over her hand and arm. Back at school there is even worse news that puts Marshall and Tamaya in a spot where they must make a tough decision. Only they don’t agree. What is going on with the fuzzy mud? Is it safe or is there something else going on?

I have read other books by Louis Sachar, so I was very curious to read Fuzzy Mud. I enjoy hearing from both Marshall and Tamaya as the story progressed. Tamaya would make a great friend! I also thought the interviews and depositions with scientists that were sprinkled throughout the book helped add to the mystery and made me start to worry about what was going on. I didn’t always agree, but it was interesting to see what Marshall and Tamaya decided to do when they were in a tricky spot. This book will make readers think about right and wrong, energy and bacteria, as well as what could be lurking in the woods. I would recommend this to kids in fifth grade and up who like mystery and books that are spooky.

Has anyone else read Fuzzy Mud? Or have you read another book by Louis Sachar? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

~L

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  1. Sounds like a return to 50's style horror and science fiction.

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    1. Alex- It was definitely a mixture of both of those! :) ~L

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  2. Never know what could be lurking in the woods

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  3. Definitely sounds like an intriguing read!

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    1. Michael- I was curious about how everything was going to turn out! :) ~L

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  4. Well now I am totally curious about the fuzzy mud, what is it?

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    1. Heidi- You will have to read it to find out! :) ~L

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  5. Fuzzy mud? My mind is already wondering. Thank you.

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    1. EC- I hope I don't run into any fuzzy mud! :) ~L

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  6. Whoa. Interesting. I like the idea of the scientist interviews too. This is more realistic than I was expecting at least I think it is. I've seen this cover before and I've read Holes by the author. I'm pretty curious to see what it is.

    Tamaya is me :P

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    1. Adriana- I think you will enjoy this one. It is definitely unique and intriguing. I will be curious to hear your thoughts! :) ~L

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  7. oh, noes, a torn sweater, blimey!

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    1. Dezmond, I know! Terrible! :) ~L

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  8. That sounds like an interesting story line.

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  9. This sounds like a perfect October read.....

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    1. Sandra- Definitely goes with the spooky and creepy! :) ~L

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    1. The Armchair Squid- For sure! :) ~L

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  11. I've not read Fuzzy mud but I would certainly like to.

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    1. Barbara- It is an interesting read! :) ~L

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  12. This sounds like a really great read. I love a good book with some interesting science in it :)

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    1. Meradeth- It has a lot of science in it! I would be curious to hear your thoughts with your science background. :) ~L

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  13. This one sounds so interesting! Love the inclusion of scientist interviews and depositions. We'll definitely have to check this one out! Great review :-)

    ~Michele & Mckenzie

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    1. Michele and Mckenzie- It was definitely unique! Glad you enjoyed the review. :) ~L

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  14. Haven't read this. Am curious about the fuzzy patch. As for being called "goody two shoes," aye, have been there before.

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    1. Claudine- The fuzzy patch is definitely interesting. I think you will like the main character. :)
      ~L

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  15. Lovely review sweetie :) Yay for liking this book a bunch. Sounds interesting :D Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. <3

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    1. Carina- So glad you enjoyed the review. It was a very unique book for sure! :) ~L

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  16. I've also read two books by this author - Holes and Small Steps, both of which I head over heels loved. I would be so interested in reading another one of his works. Brilliant review <3

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the review, Olivia! I read Holes and loved it and I also liked Small Steps. I thought this was a very interesting read. :) ~L

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