Mudshark by Gary Paulsen

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Mudshark is the go-to guy for any mysteries that need solving. Lost your shoe? Can’t find your homework? Ask Mudshark. That is, until the Psychic Parrot takes up residence in the school library and threatens to overturn Mudshark’s position as the guy who knows all the answers. 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 rampant, an emergency in the faculty restroom, and all the erasers are disappearing from the classrooms.

When Mudshark solves the mystery of who’s stealing the erasers, he discovers the culprit has the best of intentions. Now he has to think of a way to prevent the Psychic Parrot from revealing the eraser-thief’s identity. With a bit of misdirection and a lot of quick thinking, Mudshark restores order to the chaos . . . just for the moment.

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About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
Published April 25, 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books. 97 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set in a slightly surreal school populated by a host of idiosyncratic but identifiable character types, the story, told in the third person, revolves around the ever resourceful Mudshark, a boy blessed with perfect recall, lightning-fast reflexes and a good heart.

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Without even trying, Mudshark is a very cool 12-year-old (he acquired his nickname after wowing his peers with lightning-speed reflexes during a game of Death Ball (“a kind of soccer mixed with football and wrestling and rugby and mudfighting”).

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Everyone thinks so, and they start going to the parrot instead of Mudshark.

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Mudshark by Gary Paulsen is a funny short book about Lyle Williams, a 12-year-old.

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They also think he might be as good as, or better than, Mudshark when it comes to solving mysteries.

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Arlington Library

Mudshark has a reputation.

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Youth Services Book Review

When the principal asks for help discovering why the school’s erasers are disappearing, Mudshark must find a way to solve the mystery while stopping the parrot from interfering.

Aug 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Mudshark

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Provo Library Children's Book Review: Mudshark--by Gary Paulsen

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