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Fuzzy Mud

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9780385743785
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192pp
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November 21, 2016
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Overview

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes Fuzzy Mud, a New York Times bestseller.

"Sachar blends elements of mystery, suspense, and school-day life into a taut environmental cautionary tale."—Publishers Weekly

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 U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Story held my interest 
 
3.9  (4)
Writing style 
 
4.1  (4)
Characters 
 
3.6  (4)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

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Setting
The setting takes place in the small town of Heathcliff, Pennsylvania. Weird things are normal in this town. However, the chaos that “Fuzzy Mud” causes is beyond anything that the town has ever witnessed. Due to this, the national government gets involved, which is something that never has happened in the town, and causes the town to panic. The time period of this story is modern time, so it is logical for something like this to exist.
Characters
The main characters of this story are best friends Marshall and Tamaya, and bully Chad. In the beginning, there is a lot of hate between the two friends and Chad. Sachar did a great job in creating his characters and developing the relationships between each of them. Marshall and Tamaya are outcasts in their school and they are each others only friend. Marshall always gets bullied by Chad because he is little. Towards the end of the book, he earns the respect of Chad and they somewhat become friends. Marshall and Tamaya remain the best friends throughout the book and .even in fact become a lot closer.
Good Points
There were several good points in the book. I like the way Sachar showed the conflicts that Marshall and Tamaya had with each other on if they should go back to help Chad. The writing style was good. Due to the fact that it was written in third person, it made the reader feel like they were with the characters throughout the book. Since there are only two main characters that are equally important, It would’ve been hard to write in any other way than third person.
Bad Points
There really wasn’t any bad points in my opinion. Although there was some parts in the book that seemed to go on forever and take a while to get to the point. Other than that, I believe is was written greatly.
Plot Summary
Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar is about these two close friends that have always walked home from school together. Their names are Tamaya and Marshall. There’s also a bully named Chad that always bullies them as they walk by. They always walk the same way one but one day after school they decide to take a shortcut through the forest to try and get away from Chad but Chad followed them into the forest to bully them. When Chad confronted them in the forest Tamaya grabbed some mud and threw it on Chad's face as they get away. They didn’t know that the mud wasn’t just normal mud.
Ending
Out of this novel, I got that you should always stay together with someone you truly care about even when you don’t agree sometimes. You may come to some conflict with each other but you should never turn your back on one another. Staying together is the most important thing you can do. Also, if someone does you wrong a hundred times, sometimes it’s okay to help them the one time they greatly need it. It will go along way.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
3.5

User Review

Setting
This book takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania called Heath Cliff. Weird things always happen in this town but nothing as weird as boy missing and some mud that is toxic. The government gets involved and it was unusual to see them get involved with anything but this was something much more than the unusual normal these people were used to.
Characters
Two of the main characters were Marshall and Chad. Marshall was evaluated well and Chad not so well. The story has a lot to do with Marshall so it talks about his background and life as of Chad we never get to know Chad other than he's a bully who torments Tamaya and Marshall.
Good Points
I really like the way Sachar told the story and how he told the story in chronological order. He had some good points on how bullying would lead to a lot of trouble. I also like how they all became friends at the end and worked their differences. I don’t think he had any bad points all the points were very helpful.
Plot Summary
In this book “Fuzzy Mud” by Louis Sachar there are three kids that go by Marshall, Tamaya, and Chad. Marshall and Tamaya walk home from school together everyday after school and Chad always bullies them as they walk by. One day after school they decide to take a shortcut through the forest to try and get away from Chad but Chad followed them into the forest to go bully them. When Chad confronted them in the forest Tamaya grabbed some mud and threw it on Chad's face as they get away. Little did they know, the mud wasn’t any ordinary mud.
Ending
The ending was pretty satisfying, all the questions were answered and the story ended on a good note. The ending fit the story pretty well and everyone got all their problems and differences worked out. The characters also stepped up and helped each other out when they needed it the most. It really gave me an understanding on to help people when they really need it, no matter what they put you threw.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
3.5

Fuzzy Tenga

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Setting
This book takes place in the small town of Heath Cliff, Pennsylvania. Weird and unusual things are a norm in this town. However, the chaos that this “Fuzzy Mud” incident causes is beyond anything that the town has ever seen. Because of this, the national government gets involved, which is something that never has happened in the town, and causes the town to panic. The time period of this story is modern time, so it is perfectly logical for a substance like this to exist.
Characters
The main characters of this story are best friends Marshall and Tamaya, and bully Chad. At the beginning of the book, there is a lot of hatred between the two friends and Chad. Sachar did a good job in creating his characters and developing the relationships between each of them. Marshall and Tamaya are outcasts in their school and they don’t have any friends other than each other. Marshall is a small, shy kid that gets bullied by Chad. But as the book nears the end, he earns the respect of Chad and they somewhat become friends. They are cordial at the very least. Marshall and Tamaya have a good relationship throughout the book and they become even closer because of this journey they take.
Good Points
There were many good points in the book, I like the way Sachar explained the moral battles that Marshall and Tamaya had with themselves and each other on if they should go back to help Chad. The writing style was pretty good. It was very smart to write it in the third person, because it made the reader feel like they were right with the characters on their journey. It would’ve been hard to write in any other style because there are two main characters, and neither one is more important than the other.
Bad Points
I couldn’t really pinpoint any specific bad points in the story. There were a few chapters that seemed to drag out and develop very slowly, but those were the chapters that were the most insightful to the storyline.
Plot Summary
In the book “Fuzzy Mud”, written by Louis Sachar, Marshall, a 7th grader, and Tamaya, a 5th grader, have been walking home from school together every day since elementary. But, once Marshall starts getting bullied on their route home by Chad, they decide to take a shortcut to avoid him. However, the shortcut they choose turns out to be a huge mistake. They cut through a forest that they end up getting lost inside of. However, being lost isn’t the biggest difficulty they face. Inside the forest, they find a biologically mutated microbe that is slowly growing called “Fuzzy Mud”. This dangerous material causes the U.S. Senate to get involved once they find their way out of the forest. To make things even worse, Chad, who had followed them into the forest, is now stuck inside the forest with the “Fuzzy Mud”. Marshall and Tamaya now face an ethical battle within themselves on whether they should go save their enemy, or let him die.
Ending
The ending was pretty well. It was satisfying because it answered mostly all of the questions I had. Also, it really tied together the whole story very well. The ending was the final emphasis on the theme of the story, which really helped remind the reader what the story was about and what to lesson to take out of the book. The book as a whole was a good story on how people forgot the differences they’ve had, and ended up mending a relationship and turning hate to friendship.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
3.5

User Review

Setting
The book takes place in Heath Cliff, Pennsylvania. The town is rather small and weird things tend to happen in a small town. The book takes place in modern time so there is no need to have any background knowledge about a future or past civilization. The setting creates a conflict because news that is big enough for the U.S. senate to get involved will cause an uproar within the small town.
Characters
The two characters that the reader sees the most of throughout the book are Tamaya and Marshall. Marshall and Tamaya share moments of similarity but moments of complete difference too. Sachar did a great job on creating Tamaya because I believed that she was real and could be a person that is all around us. Marshall on the other hand seemed to be a little played out. He is the character that we see in most books, the kid who is bullied and eventually stands up for himself and gains the respect of Chad. Marshall and Tamaya are a great fit together because they are two outsiders in not only their school but their town as well. They both learn to get over their fears and become better people. They may have not noticed but they were becoming great friends even though unfortunate events have taken place.
Good Points
They book had plenty of good points because the book was plain because it was written in third person. Writing the book in third person was good though because it makes the reader feel like they are right there along with the characters. The writing style was not unique but it was not boring either. I liked the style because it worked for the story, if it was written in another style it would not work that well. I found there to not be any bad points throughout the book that were worth listing or mentioning.
Plot Summary
Louis Sachar’s book, Fuzzy Mud is a story about fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh stumbling upon something they were not supposed to when they enter the woods. Marshall continues to be bullied by Chad Hilligas and is challenged to a fight but Marshall does not want to so he takes a shortcut through the woods to get home. Tamaya follows him even though the woods seem suspicious.
Ending
I felt that this story was satisfying because the story fit the ending and was quite good as well. The ending happened and left me wanting more which is a good thing because I will want to read more books written by Sachar.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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