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Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
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Jul 15, 2010

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Fun, quick read by Paulsen. Mudshark, aka Lyle Williams, is a kid I would want in his classroom. He is considered "cool" at his school for basically being him. He's kind to others, helps other kids to a fault, inquisitive, nice to his parents, amazingly good with his sisters (triplets), but not overly "good" - if that makes any sense. I like the fact that he is held in high esteem for being himself. In teaching fifth (and fourth for 10 years) I see kids trying to change themselves all the time to fit in. Not that life works as neatly as a book, but it is nice to have Mudshark as a great example.

In this book he helps solve several small mysteries around his school. Never found out what was wrong with the faculty bathroom - sounded interesting though!

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