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. Volume XII Number 11 . . . . February 3, 2006
Mud Happens is the sequel to Mud Run, the book that was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. Matt Thompson belongs to the 100-Kilometre club at S.T. Loveys Elementary School. Ms. Wellesley, their coach, informs the team that she can no longer train them due to a board decision. Instead, they are to train with an elite running team from Dwyer High School. This running group is trained by Joe Calder, a coach who produces world class runners. Matt also discovers that the janitor in his school coaches a group called the Clarington Vikings, and he asks Matt to join their track team. Matt is left to decide which track team to join - a decision which will affect more than those with whom he trains. If he goes to the Durham track club, he will also have to switch schools which means leaving his friends.
This book talks about friendship, making decisions and pacing oneself, both in racing and in life. Students who enjoy sports stories, especially track and field, will like this story. Matt’s sister likes to use big words, such as pusillanimous, just to show off her knowledge, and, as a result, a dictionary maybe needed by some students. However, this does not detract from the story or make it hard to understand. This story starts slowly and should be directed to stronger readers who can stay with a story until it gets going.
Jean Nickel is a Library Technician at the Westglen School in Didsbury, AB.
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