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Zombie Mommy (A Pals in Peril Tale) Hardcover – October 25, 2011

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"The latest in Anderson's madcap pastiche series takes on the undead of upstate New York.... The layers of nonsense grow ever thicker and funnier as our heroes encounter a haunted theater that advertises "comical skits...Ha! Ha! Ha!”, a ghost actress from French-occupied Russia (or was that Russia-occupied France?) and a giant Adirondack tarantula. Ridiculous in all the best ways."

--Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011

"This fifth book in Anderson’s good-humored satirical series gives new life—er, death?—to the paranormal horror novel and emphasizes the importance of reading comprehension if one is to avoid becoming a flesh-eating ghoul.… Kurt Cyrus’s black-and-white illustrations aptly combine the hair-raising with the tongue-in-cheek; e.g., zombies in matching “I’m with Stupid” T-shirts."

--The Horn Book, November/December 2011

"Anderson tucks in an oversize spider, a squirt gun that shoots holy water, and even a touch of romance, while Cyrus adds spooky illustrations to another action-packed episode in the Pals in Peril series."

--Booklist, October 15, 2011

"This kind of fresh new addition to the series--not to mention its many laugh-out-loud moments throughout--is the reason kids will want to keep checking in with Lily, Jasper and Katie to see what fresh brand of horror and hilarity they'll stumble upon next."

--Kidsreads.com

About the Author

M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which won the National Book Award; The Game of Sunken Places; Burger Wuss; Thirsty; and Feed, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at MT-Anderson.com.

Kurt Cyrus has illustrated numerous acclaimed picture books celebrating the natural world, including What in the World?: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day; Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler; and his own Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of Turtle Rex. Kurt lives with his wife in McMinnville, Oregon. Visit him at KurtCyrus.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Pals in Peril Tale
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416986413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416986416
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,472,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the past two Pals in Peril series installments, Lily, Jasper and Katie have been on the road, finding adventure (and more than a little danger) amid the harrowing wilds of Delaware. Now our intrepid trio (plus the dreamy Delawarean monk Drgnan Pghlik) are back home safe and sound in Pelt, New Jersey.

But, as it turns out, danger can find these kids anywhere. And no one knows that better than Lily Gefelty's mom. Now that otherwise ordinary Lily has turned up as a character in several books, her mom is worried about what this might mean for her. "Have you noticed anything about books written for people your age?" Mrs. Gefelty asks her daughter. "In every single book your English teacher assigns you, the mother dies or disappears.... In this one, the mother contracts cholera in India. In this one, she dies of cancer. In this one, she's killed in a rogue trolley accident. In this one, she's eaten by a rhinoceros...."

You get the picture. Convinced that her days are numbered, Mrs. Gefelty decides that the safest place for her is in Todburg, New York. After all, she figures, the most likely place to stay alive has got to be the place known as the undead capital of the U.S. (Obviously Mrs. Gefelty knows Lily's English curriculum but isn't up on her zombie literature.)

Before long, Mrs. Gefelty comes home...changed, sending Lily and her friends --- not to mention Katie's obnoxious cousin Madigan --- on a new adventure involving killer tarantulas, musical theater-loving ghosts, and a brave plan involving a hot tub. To top it all off, Drgnan finds himself in the middle of a love triangle he didn't even know existed, just before he is supposed to return home to Delaware, leaving both Katie and Lily bereft.

ZOMBIE MOMMY is the fifth book in M. T.
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