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Zombie Baseball Beatdown by [Paolo Bacigalupi]
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Gr 5-9–Don't be misled by this novel's horror B-movie title and cover art: thought-provoking, topical issues and wry wit elevate it above the expected gross-out zombie tale. Middle school friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe literally smell trouble wafting from their small town's meatpacking plant, where they find cows living in filthy conditions and behaving oddly. Then the boys' baseball coach turns up moaning “Brainsssss!” and tries to bite Rabi. When the children discover that meat from the sick cows is being packaged and sent to local supermarkets, they are on their own to prevent a zombie cow apocalypse because no one believes their story. Miguel's revelation that he's in the country illegally introduces biting commentary on racism and immigration. Bacigalupi also zings big business, the meatpacking industry, and the USDA, culminating in an epilogue that's both cautionary and empowering. Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are realistic, complete characters. It's a testament to the author's skill that they express values of courage, friendship, and integrity as naturally as they toss off hilarious observations: “Talk about ankle biters,” Rabi comments when he sees two little zombie girls chewing on a man's leg. References to current video games and cyberpunk comics add appeal to this fast-paced home run.–Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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A 2013 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
A 2013 Booklist Best Audiobook of the Year
A 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Outstanding Book
A 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
A 2014 YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook
A 2014 Maine Student Book Award Winner
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"Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it's pretty darn good....Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?"
Booklist

"A high-energy, high-humor look at the zombie apocalypse....a signal alert to young teens to think about what they eat....sure to be appreciated by middle school zombie cognoscenti."
Kirkus Reviews

"Defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story's grisly and goofy roots....Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too."
Publishers Weekly

"It's a testament to the author's skill that [the characters] express values of courage, friendship, and integrity as naturally as they toss off hilarious observations....[A] fast-paced home run."
School Library Journal

"[Introduces] reluctant readers to activism through literature.... a dark comedy with a bit of heart."
The Bulletin

"Batting comes in handy beating down zombies....Will appeal to reluctant readers."
Library Media Connection --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File size : 1976 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • ASIN : B00BAXFBIW
  • Publication date : September 10, 2013
  • Print length : 311 pages
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 10, 2013)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B01L9GUC9W
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 43 ratings

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