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Zombie Kid
Contributor(s): Savage, J. Scott (Author), Holgate, Doug (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 006213325X     ISBN-13: 9780062133250
Publisher: HarperCollins
OUR PRICE: $12.74  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2012

Annotation: The Halloween plans of monster enthusiasts Nick, Carter, and Angelo are thrown into turmoil when a magical amulet acquired from Nick's voodoo queen aunt turns Nick into a zombie and prompts an uproarious effort to break the curse.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Horror
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2012025499
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Case File 13
Physical Information: 0.94" H x 5.81" W x 8.55" (0.81 lbs) 288 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156056
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Savage, J. Scott: -

J. Scott Savage has returned after being lost in a Mexican rainforest. His office is now filled with Mayan scrolls, hieroglyphics, artifacts, and star charts. His children and children-in-law, Big Nick, Erica, Scott, Natalie, Jake, and Little Nick, look pale and claim to be cursed. His grandchildren, Gray, Lizzie, and Jack, are heavily wrapped in mummy-like bandages. And his wife, Jennifer, has reportedly been seen glowing green and hexing the neighbors.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Monster fans Nick, Carter, and Angelo are delighted when a voodoo curse turns Nick into a zombie. But when he begins losing body parts, the friends must travel to another reality to challenge the Zombie King and break the curse. Savage conflates voodoo zombies with the undead-cannibal type; gross-out humor and mildly creepy adventure keep the pages turning.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 November #4)

Savage trades the elemental magic of his Farworld series for an entertainingly gross blend of comedy and horror in the first book in his Case File 13 series. Sixth-grade best friends Nick, Carter, and Angelo live for Halloween, but that's before Nick is transformed into a zombie during a trip to Louisiana for the funeral of his mysterious Great Aunt Lenore. Nick's gradual decomposition, changing appetites, and diminishing command of his motor and verbal skills provide many opportunities for humor as the boys work to reverse the curse that's afflicting Nick. An ominous, unidentified narrator introduces and closes the book, and chapters open with one-liners that tease and provoke ("Can you really have too many cemetery chapters in a scary story?"). This is mainly Nick's tale, but the rapport between the boys is strong (and their rivals, a trio of Halloween-loving girls, seem likely to reappear). Savage incorporates elements of voodoo practice into the creepy mystery the boys unravel, which will keep readers' interest even as they are laughing at gags involving everything from dog food to severed fingers. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 January)

Gr 4–7—Nick Carter's obsession with monsters proves advantageous after a chilling trip to Baton Rouge. When he returns from his aunt's funeral, he and best buddies Carter and Angelo realize that his new amulet has altered him. Initially, the power to hold his breath indefinitely and feel no pain seems awesome. However, the craving for human brains paired with losing a finger causes the boys to grasp that Nick is a zombie. They must find a way to break the zombie curse, which includes befriending a talking cat, listening to a deceased soul, and outsmarting the Zombie King. Savage's action-driven plot and short chapters are sure to keep readers intrigued. The authentic tween language is humorous and includes clues, allowing readers to make inferences, continually guessing what might happen next. Many readers will welcome the interesting folklore surrounding zombies and voodoo, echoing pop-culture appeal. Savage's character development is strong and the story, a blend of mystery, realistic fiction, action, and humor, will appeal to a wide variety of readers. They will love entering Nick's world.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT

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