2021 - Fuzzy Mud

The fifth year of the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award had our closest voting yet. After a tie between Fuzzy Mud and The Witch's Boy in first place votes, the ranked choice system instituted in 2021 led to Fuzzy Mud winning by a single vote! Here is what Idaho kids have to say about the book:

"It's a good book and a weird book which makes it better" -J.D.

"Fuzzy Mud is a great book. I enjoyed the part where everyone got the rash, it got me excited and anxious to figure out what was going to happen" -J.H.

"The story line was so amazing." -F.A.

"Fuzzy Mud was a great book. It was like a mystery and thriller all-in-one!" -I.P.

"A lot of action, a lot of thrill, a lot of adventure!" -A.B.

Summary from Louis Sachar's Website:

Be careful. Your next step might 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.

An author interview, Q & A and related articles are available on Louis Sachar's website.