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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the acclaimed best-seller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue and surprise. It will inspire listeners and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.
Be careful. Your next step may be your last.
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.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the US Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.
©2015 Louis Sachar (P)2015 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"Grounded in well-rounded central characters, this compelling novel holds as much suspense as fuel for discussion." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura A Aldridge on 08-06-16

Super fast, somewhat shallow, but one good ride!

This book is immediately compelling. Readers are dropped into be middle of a typical bully and victim situation that suddenly turns deadly. With flash forwards to senate hearings that intrigue the scientist is is all, readers find themselves asking thick questions about he fast plot.
The characters are not fully developed, but we find out just enough to make them rounded and cause us to care for them.
I highly suggest this book for children in fourth through sixth grade. Children in seventh and eighth with lower reading skills may find its content interesting and readable at their level.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-14-18

Amazing Read

Amazing Read, Fuzzy Mud is not what you would think, the struggling boy, causes trouble in his little school. To later find out he made two very special friends. You have to read, this book, I would like to use this book in my class to give kids a better understanding of bullying and give them someone to identify with.

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