Once Upon a Bookshelf – Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy MudFuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh walk home from school together every day. When their normal path is too dangerous to walk thanks to the school bully, Chad Wilson, Marshall decides to take a detour through the woods that they know they aren’t allowed in. Tamaya has no choice but to follow – she’s not allowed to walk home alone. They find themselves lost and surrounded by the strangest fuzzy goop. Little do they know that this mystery mud is being investigated by the United State government.


The story telling in this book is amazing. I love how the author goes back and forth from the kids to the trial. You get glimpses of the problem at the beginning of the book but the gravity of the situation doesn’t really hit home until you see the effects that the fuzzy mud has had on Chad.

Speaking of Chad, I didn’t even think about the fact that Tamaya threw the mud in his face. I was so focused on Tamaya’s rash and the secret she was trying to keep for her friend that when they mentioned that Chad wasn’t at school, my heart dropped.

I’m always a sucker for a story where the bad guy doesn’t end of being so bad in the end. Chad, like a lot of kids, had to accept help for the sake of everyone and it’s clear that now he has some friends for like (whether he wants to admit it or not).

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