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Narrative Book Report: Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
Ryan Buffington
Need a detective? Mudshark is given a mission by his principal to discover who or what is taking things from the classrooms at school. Strange things are happening at Mudshark’s elementary school. Erasers are disappearing, a gerbil is on the loose somewhere in the school, and there is a problem in the faculty restroom.

When I first decided to read the book, I thought it would be interesting. The cover and title of the book caught my attention. I was confused as I began reading the book; however began to see that the whole book was based on this cool, easy going kid named Mudshark and his ability to get to the bottom of problems and mysteries.

Mudshark, otherwise known as Lyle Williams, loves to play death ball. He earned his nickname by making an amazing tackle during a game. But Mudshark is known for much more than his ball-playing skills. He has quick reflexes from hours of chasing after his triplet sisters: Kara, Sara, and Tara, and because he has a great memory, is very observant, and is also good at solving mysteries.

When strange things start happening at Mudshark’s elementary school, the principal calls on Mudshark for help. All the students know Mudshark is good at solving mysteries. If you lose your homework, you can count on him to find it. He accepts the challenge of solving the mystery of the disappearing erasers; however, the librarian’s pet parrot interferes with his mission. This parrot not only talks; but sees things and speaks in full sentences about them. For example, when Betty wants to know where her recipe for lard is, the parrot says, “Check the window ledge in the girls’ restroom.” Sure enough, the recipe is there. The students are amazed at the parrot’s ability and believe he is psychic. They also think he might be as good as, or better than, Mudshark when it comes to solving mysteries. But the parrot doesn’t solve the mystery of the missing erasers; Mudshark...
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