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Parents' Guide to

Fuzzy Mud

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gripping, taut eco-thriller a thoughtful, satisfying read.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Tween science fiction at it's best.

This was everything I want in a science fiction story. The characters are believable and held to account for their actions. The structure of alternating story with senate hearings was great. Also a fun little detail is that as the "mud" spreads in the story, it literally spreads on the chapter title pages!
age 2+


It is a must read if you like creepy things

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This slim, quick-moving eco-thriller is a marvel of suspense that pulls you willingly toward certain disaster while smartly sizing up middle-grade angst. In FUZZY MUD, author Louis Sarchar shifts perspective and time between chapters, jumping among Tamaya, Marshall, and transcripts of Senate hearings. There's also a touch of humor, with brief but telling character portraits. You don’t spend enough time with any one character for him or her to really hook your heart, but they're all presented with compassionate affection.

The real thrill here is the ecological mystery. Sachar presents the growing menace with chilling turns and touches. The only disappointment is a rushed, overly convenient ending that glosses over the thorny, difficult truths Sachar so deftly handles earlier in the book.

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