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The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School

The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School

Illustrated by: Rodolfo Montalvo
For Ages: 7 - 10
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?”

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?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442478299 | 
  • September 2013 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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.

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The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School WEDNESDAY Day 2
Dear Journal,

Black widow spiders are horrible creatures. Not only do they have a deadly, venomous bite, but the females eat their mates. The girl spider spins the guy tightly in her webbing so he can’t move. And then she chews him up.

That’s where the name black widow comes from. A widow is a lady whose husband is dead. Or in this case, swallowed whole.

I’m glad I’m not a spider.

Still, who knows what... see more

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About the Author

Fowler DeWitt
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Fowler DeWitt

Fowler DeWitt has been called “The World’s Greatest Living Author” by three of his aunts. His worldwide fame spread early when, as a child, he discovered the rare radioactive mineral now known as Fowlerite. Although his accomplishments are too many to mention in a single book flap, DeWitt also owns the world’s largest collection of mustaches. He currently lives by himself but refuses to divulge where due to his crippling phobia of hats. You can learn more about DeWitt on his Facebook page.

Biographer’s note: Some claim Fowler DeWitt is the same person as children’s author Allan Woodrow, since they have never been spotted in the same room together. But if they were the same person they’d always be in the same room together. As such, these claims cannot be substantiated. You can make your own conclusions by visiting Woodrow and DeWitt’s shared website: AllanWoodrow.com.

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