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.
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