Seventh grader Marshall Walsh has been walking his neighbor 5th grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi to school ever since elementary. When a bully by the name of Chad Hilligas forces them off the road home one day both Marshall and Tamaya wind up cutting into the woods in hopes of escaping Chad. While trying to find their way out of the woods and avoid Chad at the same time, they stumble into an area that has strange mud that appears to have fuzz floating on top. Little do they know the danger they are all in by being near this mud – but they are about to find out.
You may think that Louis Sachar sounds familiar and you would be right – he is the author of Holes which brings a smile to my face just by saying that title. Another incredible MG read and movie.
Fuzzy Mud contains Louis’ unique story telling style. He amazes me how he can pull a subject out of nowhere and create an interesting story within that not only captivates, but contains a lesson as well. He did it in Holes, and he does it again in Fuzzy Mud. I loved the story and the parts where the senate and authorities get involved explaining what has happened. Brilliantly done.
I listened to this on audio on my way home from Chicago. Kathleen McInerney has a voice that works well in this book. She can really bring out her inner child and captures Tamaya as well as the other tweens flawlessly.
This is a perfect family audio book for a road trip. One I think all ages can enjoy, I sure did.