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*Mudshark* by Gary Paulsen- young readers fantasy book review
 
Also by Gary Paulsen:

Road Trip

Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas

Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

Masters of Disaster

Lawn Boy Returns

Woods Runner

Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers

Lawn Boy

The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech
Mudshark
by Gary Paulsen
Ages 9-12 96 pages Wendy Lamb Books May 2009 Hardcover    

His real name is Lyle Williams, and for the first twelve years of his life, that is what everybody calls him. Kyle is an only child, until his mother and father bring home three baby sisters: Kara, Sara and Tara. Theyíre pretty easy to contain until they start crawling, but Lyle and his parents need to keep up with them once they become mobile. Lyle learns to observe, react quickly, and move quickly to prevent the swallowing of dangerous objects or grabbing of breakables.

So it should come as no surprise one day when Lyle is playing soccer after a couple of rainy days and lots of mud that, even though heís just been tripped and is flat on his face, he reaches out and makes a lightning grab for the ankle of the player with the ball. Teammates claim that heís like a mud shark - lying in the mud, capturing its prey so fast that a high-speed camera canít even catch it. Thus, Lyle becomes known as Mudshark.

Even if he hadnít captured and brought down that player, Lyle is still special. Heís cool, though heís not sure why. He just knows that he is, and he knows that the other kids know he is. When his principal begins issuing requests for help with missing objects in the school, Kyle is the one to figure out the mystery. When the library adds a talking bird to their collection, Kyle is the one to unravel how the bird knows where missing items will be discovered.

Gary Paulsen never disappoints his readers. From his very earliest stories, he has been a trusted author for elementary and middle school readers. Mudshark is just one more reason why kids love to read his books.
 


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