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|Contagious colors of Mumpley Middle School|
Author: DeWitt, Fowler
When a mysterious illness sweeps through school, causing students to change color, sixth-grader scientist Wilmer Dooley tries to find the cause and cure.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 162458
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 60891
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/13)
School Library Journal (11/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 4–6—Wilmer Dooley wants to be a scientist when he grows up. His father is the famous food inventor of Sugar BUZZZZ, and he won the sixth-grade science medal when he was in middle school. Now, Wilmer is desperate to win that medal for himself. He approaches life using observations and hypotheses to figure out everything from how to get his crush, Roxie, to notice him to solving the mysterious epidemic that is plaguing the students of Mumpley Middle School. The epidemic begins with a cold, but soon turns the students pink, purple, green, polka dot, plaid, etc., all while giving them boundless energy. The number of infected keeps increasing, and Wilmer believes that by finding the cause and cure, he will not only help his fellow students but also win the coveted medal. Unfortunately, Claudius Dill, his nemesis, has the same idea. However, the attempts by science teacher Mrs. Padgett to thwart him and Claudius's tricks are no match for Wilmer's determination. Ultimately the two boys find that they must work together to find the cure before it's too late. Wilmer is a likable protagonist who approaches life with caution but isn't afraid to dive in and get his hands dirty when necessary. Quirky and humorous, this book will find an appreciative audience. The over-the-top digs at our junk-food culture and the silly character names add to the enjoyment.—Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.