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Sachar, Louis.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 4.8

(4 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Marshall is not looking forward to the walk home.  Chad is the biggest bully in school and he has vowed to deal with Marshall on the way home.  Marshall tells Tamaya that he knows a shortcut home and they end up lost in the woods.  What was he thinking?  And now Chad has found them and the pounding begins.  When Tamaya picks up a handful of fuzzy mud and throws it in Chad's face, no one could know what that would begin.  Soon, Tamaya's hand is covered in a rash and Chad is missing.  Is there something in the fuzzy mud that has caused this?

Booktalk #2

Tamaya and Marshall walked home from school every day but today Marshall decided to take a shortcut. As they were running in between the trees Tamaya noticed a patch of strange looking mud, it looked kind of fuzzy. Next thing they knew they were being followed by the school bully Chad Hilligas who wants to fight Marshall. In a desperate attempt to help, Tamaya grabs a large handful of fuzzy mud and shoves it in Chads face as they run away. Things start to get weird after this. First Tamaya develops strange bumps on her hand and face that keeps getting worse, then Chad mysteriously disappears. Something is definitely not right and now the authorities along with officials from the government are involved. The human race may be in danger. If you like mysteries and science fiction, then you will enjoy this book. (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #3

When Tamaya and Matthew take a shortcut on the way home from school to escape a bully, they discover a super secret biofuel testing site by accident. When Tamaya attempts to thwart the bully who follows and picks up some strange-looking mud and throws it at his face, she unleashes a terrifying set of events that affect not only her, but the entire town.   (Oklahoma Children’s Sequoyah 2018)

Booktalk #4

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. What they uncover might affect the future of the world. Sacher brings us an imaginative and suspenseful story of the great lengths we’ll go to for friendship and family, the mishaps and breakthroughs that are made in the name of science, and the wonders of mud . . . fuzzy mud. (Garden State Children's Book Awards, 2018)

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