Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
This week I am spotlighting The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School by Fowler DeWitt. I got this middle grade title from Chelsy at Big Honcho Media. I received a finished copy of this September 3 release.
Here is the description that convinced me to add it to my stack:
Something strange is happening to the sixth grade—and it’s up to student scientist Wilmer Dooley to crack the case in this fast-paced novel full of humor and mystery.If there’s one important thing Wilmer Dooley’s dad always says, it’s this: “Where are my car keys?”Beginning:
Okay, maybe not that. He also says: “Observe!”
Wilmer has always known that the greatest science comes from the keenest observations. So when he observes his classmates looking a little green…and orange...and chartreuse-fuchsia polka-dotted...he knows that it’s up to him to find the cause of this mysterious illness—and the cure.
But with his arch nemesis, Claudius Dill, hot on his heels; the eagle-eyed biology teacher, Mrs. Padgett, determined to thwart his plans; and a host of fluorescent classmates bouncing off the walls at increasingly dangerous speeds, can Wilmer prove he has what it takes to save the sixth grade from a colorful demise before it’s too late?
Dear Journal,Friday 56:
Black widow spiders are horrible creatures.
The science medal might change your life, Wilmer—just like it changed mine. Observe! Investigate!