My son wants to grow up so he can watch movies I won’t let him watch and play video games I won’t let him play. I suggest time has a funny way of slipping by and before he knows it, he will be a bit older. As it is, he is now old enough to read some of the books I have been saving for just this time.
Marshall Walsh and Tamaya Dhilwaddi cut through the off-limit forest near their school, Woodridge Academy so Marshall can avoid Chad Hilligas, a bully who has been making his seventh grade school year miserable and who has threatened to beat him up.
Unfortunately, Chad finds them in the forest and after punching him in the face, turns to Tamaya, a fifth grader, to do the same. Tamaya scoops up what she nicknames Fuzzy Mud and throws it into Chad’s face and both Marshall and Tamaya run away, leaving Chad in the forest by himself. Tamaya promises not to tell anyone until Chad doesn’t show up to school the next day.
Fuzzy Mud is a really interesting and fun read and allowed my son and I opportunities to not only talk about what he would do if faced with a similar situation, but also to discuss the fact that humans never seem to learn from their mistakes.
Tamaya is a great, strong and character who does what she needs to not because she isn’t scared, but because she knows it’s the right thing to do. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind or stand up to someone who is not treating others well. I understand Marshall. He is the character who proves that you just need to tell someone. If he told someone what was happening, none of the terrible stuff would have happened (although, in this case, as noted by one of the characters in the book, it was lucky the kids did go into the forest, otherwise the world would have been in a lot of trouble). Chad is the ultimate bully and while I despise everything he does and can’t condone it – you have to take responsibility for your actions – you find some things out and feel sorry for the guy.
The Last Immortal
The Last Immortal by Alex Marlowe ($15.66, HarperCollins Canada) was my 10 year olds’ first read showcasing vampires, werewolves, gargoyles and Frankenstein, featured in a different way from what I have read before. Set in Victorian London, the evil is not the Immortals, but rather the Dark Pharaoh, Sanakhte, who is being resurrected by his followers. Luke, Victor Frankenstein’s 13-year-old son, wants to join the immortals and follows them to a London museum where he is killed. Luke is preserved for 160 years before he is reanimated in the present day, now a immortal and fitted with modern upgrades, which he will need to bring the Immortals back together in order to stop Sanakhte from rising.
The book was a fast read and my son was interested from the moment we started. It was age appropriate although wouldn’t be good for those who scare easily. It was a great book to start reading that genre, which I feel we will do again. As someone who has read lots of these types of books before, it also was different from what I have read before. I was a little surprised by the choice Luke’s father made, however, I can, also understand why.
As a note, I just noticed Part 2 is coming out. I am certain my guy will want to read it.
A copy of these books were provided by HarperCollins and Penguin Random House for an honest review. The opinions are my own.