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Author: John Kloepfer

Illustrator: Steve Wolfhard

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Zombies aren't real, right? Zack Clarke is on his way home expecting a "normal" Friday night. Boy, was he wrong! The zombies have taken over Phoenix, Arizona. Now it is up to Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister Zoe's mean friend Madison Miller to defeat the undead. That is, if they don't kill each other first! This is a lightly illustrated chapter book for preteens.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 4.9

Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The first thing our reader did was check out all the illustrations - the more undead, the better. She abandoned this book about half-way, but then came back to it after reading book 3, Sludgement Day.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story paints a very vivid picture that grabs readers' and listeners' attention. The author strikes the upper-elementary funny bone spot on, and we had many "mom, listen to this ..." moments while our daughter read.

Pros: Lots of action and 'yucks' grab readers from the get-go.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that kids will read and then move onto the next title in the series.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HUNGRY; A Novel   FREDDY KING OF FLURB   SPACEHEADZ (Spaceheadz Book 1)

Educational Themes: If you r-e-a-l-l-y stretch it, there are some lessons in friendship and tolerance. Mostly, though, this is a book for fun reading.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, humor, boys, friendship, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2013

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