“So funny I spit milk out my nose.”

“The book was a big hit with all the students… I’d definitely recommend it.”

POND SCUM tells the story of Oliver, a lonely 12 year old who prefers the safety of his bedroom to making friends. But when his Mom gets a new job and the family moves into the rundown house on the edge of the stinky pond - Oliver’s life changes in magical ways thanks to the strange gem he discovers that turns him into any animal he touches.

"Frequently funny and exciting, Silberberg's suspenseful, vivid story delivers insights into the dependence of small creatures on the understanding of their human neighbors."     Booklist

"Considerable doses of humor leaven this ecological adventure... Readers will appreciate the combination of silly issues and serious moments."    School Library Journal

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