The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School

By Fowler DeWitt; Rodolfo Montalvo (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442478299, 272pp.)

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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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?

About the Author

Fowler DeWitt gained fame early in life when he discovered the rare radioactive mineral known now as Fowlerite. Later he received worldwide adoration when he became the first man to cross the English Channel on stilts. The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School is DeWitt’s forty-fifth book, although he has misplaced the other forty-four. If you find them, please let him know. You can reach him through Facebook except on alternating Thursdays. DeWitt lives with his family outside Chicago.

Biographer’s note: Some claim Fowler DeWitt is actually an alias used by popular children’s author Allan Woodrow, noting that 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.

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