Fuzzy Mud

  • by Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
  • 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Laura A Aldridge

Loved by our 9 and 10 y.o. kids!

Our son and daughter are Sachar fans and very much enjoyed hearing this story...The whole family listened to Fuzzy Mud while on a road trip.

Kathleen McInerney portrayed all of the characters in a way that brought them to life. Her narrative style is both accessible and engaging. The full cast chapters effectively set up the tone appropriate for a hearing.

The subject matter (a potential public health disaster in which kids are the first to be infected ) may prove to be on the scary side for younger kids, but should prove engaging for tweens. This listen made for great family follow up discussions!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library