By Louis Sacher
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 4, 2015)
What a great story. Holes is one of my favorite Junior Fiction stories so I jumped at the chance to review a new book by the same author. I read this book months ago and have been waiting for it to finally be released so I can publish this review. Thank You Netgalley and Delacort for giving me an EGalley free in exchange for an honest review.
I am having a hard time putting into words what I felt: amazed, thrilled, awe… This has been one of the best books I have read in a while for this age group. I love the three main characters. Tamaya the Ernest young girl who just wants to be accepted. Marshall an older neighbor kid who walks Tamaya to school every day and doesn’t want to be afraid anymore. And Chad, a popular new kid at school who decides to use Marshall as his own personal punching bag. There are spooky woods which you Do Not Enter. There are secret senate hearings, and testimony from various agencies. A mysterious fuzzy mud that might just be the most dangerous thing on the planet. Petri dishes and math problems, and a giant land tortoise. Follow these three kids as they uncover a deadly outbreak, and discover that it takes courage to find and be a friend.
Fuzzy mud is suspenseful, funny, a little bit action, and a whole lot of fun. Under this science fiction horror story runs a touching human drama that will leave you smiling.
I can’t tell you more without revealing the plot, and it is such an enjoyable one. Parents, apart from some suspenseful reveals, and a description of a nasty rash, there is nothing that should not be ok for anyone in this age group. The time jumping of the senate hearings, and the actual main story can be a little disorienting, but honestly the main story is so fantastic I don’t think anyone is going to care. This one will be on my list of books to read this summer for our kids and I can’t wait to introduce our students to Tamaya, Marshall, and Chad.