Title: Fuzzy Mud
Author: Louis Sachar
How long it took me to read: A day
My Rating: 4/5
Plot Summary (Back Cover) : Tamaya and Marshall are unlikely friends. They walk the school everyday, avoid the woods and steer clear of the school bully, Chad – who loves tormenting Marshall. But you can’t always avoid the things that scare you. One day, they do go into the woods where Chad is waiting for them. But there is something else, something weirder – FUZZY MUD. And then things get truly scary…
My Thoughts: Fuzzy Mud got me hooked at the beginning itself. The lives and situations of its characters are well described which makes this book highly engaging. Once you are through with a few chapters, the flow of reading is set with a really strong base. There is always a moment in this book where the reader is anticipating for details to be able to conclude – which do come, in the perfect time. I felt racing my reading speed with time as the chapters itself have Date and Time and numbers multiplied by 2, which will surely engage you too when you start reading the book. (You’ll know what I am talking about)
It is a great read for kids as it shares issue which have been well supported by facts. Any questions raised out of curiosity are answered. This will help children develop a sense of responsibility towards their actions.
My Favourite parts in the book: I loved the style of testimony, excepts & how each chapter is followed with details that help reader unfold the issues themselves. For kids, it works as a highly engaging book since they can relate to all the issues that are taught during middle school. Over populations, toxic waste, science that can construct or destruct and moral values too are highlights of the book. I especially love how Chad- the bully, shares his feelings when Tamaya treats him good irrespective of all that he did.
Going to stay on my Bookshelf? Yes. Firstly because this is a unique cover and it is HARDCOVER (who dumps a Hardcover book? The dust jacket of caution is pretty cool too!) Okay, not just coz of the cover, but the story is good and worth keeping. I would recommend it to my cousins and young readers. It may seem 350+ pages, but the text is large, so the number of pages really shouldn’t keep you from reading it.