Most of the time what grown-ups do has little to do with kids, but sometimes the two worlds collide in very unexpected ways. In Fuzzy Mud (Lexile: 700; Interest Level: Grades 4-8), Louis Sachar intertwines the stories of Marshall and Tamaya with that of big business looking for new energy sources.
Marshall is a timid boy who usually keeps to himself, but the new boy, Chad, has targeted him for bullying. This drives Marshall even farther into himself and makes him get snippy at his neighbor Tamaya, who sees him as her only friend. When Marshall takes a shortcut through the woods to avoid Chad, he and Tamaya discover the "fuzzy mud." At first Tamaya thinks it is just weird, but when Chad ends up missing, Tamaya realizes that the mud (and the rash on her arm from it) may have something to do with it.
Readers who enjoy Louis Sachar's other stories, adventure and mystery are sure to enjoy this one as well. I know I sure did! (192 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.