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A thrilling, funny and thought-provoking novel about friendship, fears, bullying and ecology, from the internationally renowned author of multimillion-copy bestseller Holes. Perfect for classroom discussion!


Every day, Tamaya and Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. Then, one day, Marshall is confronted by Chad, the school bully, who’s out to make his life a misery. Hoping to avoid trouble, they decide to take a risk and venture through the trees. But what is waiting there for them is strange, dangerous and entirely unexpected …


Download the free Fuzzy Mud teaching guide, and find out more about the book on the Bloomsbury website.


Competition time


Inspire your students with this fun Fuzzy Mud competition to win a bundle of Bloomsbury books worth £50! As advertised in the 2nd September edition of First News.


To enter, students need to draw a picture with the title ‘IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY …’


Entries should be sent to [email protected] or posted to: Fuzzy Mud First News Competition, Children’s Marketing Department, Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Entries must include the entrant’s name, age and parent/guardian contact details. Deadline for entries is 30th September 2016. Terms and conditions: