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Mudshark (2009)

by Gary Paulsen

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Overall, I felt this was a good book and kept me entertained throughout, although it was very short. The first element of the story that I enjoyed were the character development. Mudshark (Lyle Williams) is a unique character and we get to see him work his way through problems. I also felt like this character was pretty humorous. The second element that I enjoyed was the story itself. It was a very short read, but it makes you think throughout and consider who the perpetrator behind the missing erasers and escaping gerbil is. The third element of the story that I enjoyed was that it is relatable to students. Many students have trouble when they’re not good at something or someone else comes along and is better than they are at a certain task. In the story, Mudshark feels this way when the parrot comes into school and starts solving mysteries with ease. In the end, I felt the main message of this book was overcome adversity and sometimes you see that the right thing to do is not always the easiest thing.
  tricha11 | May 9, 2014 |
Mudshark pays such close attention to details, pretty soon everyone in the school is asking him to help them solve their problems. And when the school's erasers go missing, the principal is no exception. As Mudshark uses his brain to figure out where all of the erasers have gone, he realizes he has competition: the librarian's new parrot who also seems to know a lot of the school's secrets. Can Mudshark solve the mystery first?

This quick story is not only funny (the announcements at the beginning of the chapter made me laugh out loud) but it's a good mystery, too. The readers solves the mystery along with Mudshark (he directs our attention), but the way the story resolves doesn't get shared until the plan is put into play. Very fun! ( )
  agrudzien | Nov 25, 2013 |
Very funny. Kids will love this and teachers reading it aloud will laugh as well. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
read by a classmate - easy fun read but still has good plot and vocabulary
83 pages long.
  micsanchez | Apr 19, 2013 |
Fast and entertaining. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553494643, Paperback)

The Mudshark Detective Agency is on the case in a winning tale from Gary Paulsen, about whom Booklist writes in a starred review, "When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpasses Paulsen."


Mudshark is cool. He's fast-thinking and fast-moving, and with his photographic memory, he's the go-to guy with the answers. Lost your shoe? Your dad's car? Can't find your homework? Ask Mudshark. At least, until the Psychic Parrot takes up residence in the school library.


The word in school is that the parrot can out-think Mudshark. And right now, the school needs someone who's good at solving problems. There's an escaped gerbil running the halls, a near-nuclear emergency in the faculty restroom, and an unexplained phenomenon involving disappearing erasers. Once Mudshark solves the mystery of the erasers, he plans to investigate the Psychic Parrot. . . .

In Mudshark, Paulsen introduces readers to a resourceful boy who will have kids everywhere thinking, and laughing.

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Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help of the school's best problem solver and locator of lost items, twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, aka Mudshark.… (more)

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