by Louis Sachar
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 192 pages
This 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 Sachar (Holes) shifts perspective and time between chapters, jumping among Tamaya, Marshall, and transcripts of Senate hearings. There is a touch of humor, but the real thrill here is the ecological mystery. Sachar presents the growing menace with chilling turns and touches - a great read for younger readers who enjoy science fiction and horror.