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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437203
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Six months ago, 12-year-old Wil lost his older brother, Graham, to a severe respiratory attack. While at his friend Anthony’s house playing “zombie tag”—a pretty cool game Wil and Graham made up that simulates a zombie invasion—Wil discovers a secret artifact hidden by Anthony’s father: a bell that supposedly raised a group of the dead 30 years ago. Wil steals it and gives it a go, and presto: 70 local dead people rise from their graves. Graham is among them, and his family is thrilled to see him. But he’s different now, so emotionless and cold that Wil begins to wonder if he’s made a horrible mistake. Moskowitz’s latest is nearly unclassifiable by genre and that’s much of the charm. Is this contemporary fiction? Fantasy? Horror? What’s more, Moskowitz deftly swerves between comedy, pathos, and even terror, and makes it look so effortless readers won’t think twice about the strangeness of the mix. There are a few plot bumps near the end, but the surprising amount of heart and wistfulness behind this will carry readers through. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus

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“Funny and thoughtful, this will appeal to fans of Matthew Cody’s Powerless.”--BCCB
 
“…this unique twist on zombie stories will engage readers who are looking for contemporary fiction sprinkled with a dash of the morbid.”--School Library Journal
 
“Moskowitz deftly swerves between comedy, pathos, and even terror, and makes it look so effortless readers won’t think twice about the strangeness of the mix.”--Booklist

More About the Author

Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. She is a student at The University of Maryland.

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And it's really cool.
Ashelynn Hetland
If you are looking for a fun book for your kids, or you like MG books, I would recommend reading this.
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With the friends he played Zombie Tag with, Wil will figure things out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashelynn Hetland on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Zombie Tag is cute and horrifyingly gut-wrenching. After reading Hannah Moskowitz's YA titles (excluding her upcoming Gone, Gone, Gone) I'm thinking Hannah likes to write sad, depressing stories even though I've heard Gone, Gone, Gone is a happily-ever-after type of story. WELL. I'm like 100 pages into that one and I'm not happy that the animals are still gone, HANNAH.

Anyway...

Zombie Tag is Hannah's debut middle grade and I think she writes wonderful middle grade. The voice is dead on. I loved it so, so much. What I love about middle grade is the voice and how it brings me back to my childhood. I mean, when I was in junior high it wasn't the best ever. Junior high sucks. But I love reading middle grade. Especially when there's zombies involved. *G*

Oh man, oh man, oh man. The zombies. THE WORLD. Zombies "exist" in this world--and by that I mean, like forty years ago there were zombies and then they all died and were piled onto each other which brings the question: what killed the zombies? And nobody talks about the zombies, so it's not like the information is running around.

And besides zombies existing, other paranormal creatures do, too. Wil and Anthony's dad work... uh, how can I say this... their specialty is paranormal creatures. And it's really cool. I liked that.

The game zombie tag is so interesting. I want to round up a bunch of my friends and play it (the rules are in the back of the book, so he he he, I may just have to play zombie tag.) But what I liked was when Wil's parents find out about, they FLIP. OUT. Because hello, back to the zombies dying all of the sudden. There's some consequences to playing zombie tag. And that's awesome.

If you're looking for a fabulous MG to read, Zombie Tag is the book for you. Seriously. Go buy it. Right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Hannah Moskowitz so when she announce awhile back that she was having her first Middle Grade book released, I knew I had to read this even though I've never ever bothered reading MG before now. I get weird looks as it is for reading Young Adult, I couldn't even imagine the looks I'd get for reading something lower than YA. But you know what, who cares? You're out there reading, who cares what you're reading. (I honestly would expect to be given these types of looks if I was always in the erotica section but you know, I guess that's just me?)

Now, on to her book, ZOMBIE TAG, I was very curious how she would do this. Hannah isn't one to shy away from language and I knew there couldn't be any in MG but you know what? This book is probably my favorite of her books (that are published, that is) and there's not one F-word in there. (Anyone who knows me knows I love that word...) First off, I wish I would've known about this game, Zombie Tag, when I was a kid because it would've been so much fun to play. No adult is going to want to play this with me now so I guess I'll just have to teach my future kids.

We find out Wil, who is only twelve years old, lost his older brother, Graham about six months ago and he still hasn't gotten over the loss. When they were younger, they were left in a car and ever since then Graham doesn't like being trapped places which is terribly sad because he died in a locked bathroom having an asthma attack. Now, this struck home hard with me because my best friend passed away a few years back from an asthma attack so I completely understand where Wil's pain is coming from. But also to have Graham die trapped in something small, like a bathroom on top of not being able to breathe. I can't even imagine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Mulhall on January 1, 2012
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I've been a fan of Hannah Moskowitz's work for several years now. When I heard she was writing a book aimed at a middle grade market, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would it be super silly and goofy? Would it lose that special "Hannah" quality I've come to know and love in her work? I shouldn't have worried.

While it definitely had its silly lighthearted moments (Come on, they're playing zombie tag! RRAAWWR BRAINS!)it was more about the relationship between two brothers who had been growing up (or trying not to in some cases) and starting to grow apart. It's about love and loss and all the feelings that come along with that: the fear, the anger, the sadness, the guilt, the desire to have that person back. It's touching and poignant and very typically "Hannah".

I love that she didn't dumb down her special brand of writing just because it was aimed at a younger audience. Good job, as always, Ms. Moskowitz.
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Format: Hardcover
At its heart, Zombie Tag is not a book about zombies. Yes, there are zombies. Yes, there is a game called Zombie Tag. There are absolutely spatulas all over this book. But the book isn't about those things. This book is about brothers and growing up and death and grieving and living. The zombies and the spatulas and the game are just metaphors for those things (well, maybe not the spatulas).

Some of the author's published books were written when she was a teen, but when I read this book, I can hardly believe that she is not a 12-year-old boy, she has that voice down so well. It is impossible not to feel for Wil, even when he's being selfish or dumb. We want to see Graham come back, and we are heartbroken when he comes back wrong. And we can see so clearly the metaphor between the zombies and grown-ups from Wil's point of view. Had Graham lived, would Wil have found himself one day with a Graham he barely recognized? And would he one day grow up too and be the same way? Zombie Tag explores the themes of growing up just as well as it does the themes of loss and grieving.

A solid choice for any fans of Hannah Moskowitz, zombies, MG, brother stories, or games that involve spatulas.
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