Author Louis Sachar has been popular since Sideways Stories was released in the late 1970s. This new novel is more like his big hit, Holes --- a dark story of unlikely friendship and strong middle-school characters dealing with a disturbing situation.
Sweet Tamaya, school bully Chad, and bullied classmate Marshall together uncover an environmental horror near their school. The story is quite dystopian, involving an infectious rash spreading through town and a horrific injury to one of the main characters. I recommend this exciting novel for ages 11-14, especially readers who enjoyed Holes.
Mary Jo, Kids World