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Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens

11 Jan

chickensTitle: Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens
Author: Julie Mata
Series: Kate Walden Directs
Recommended for: grades 4-7
Pages: 304
Call Number/Link: J FICTION MATA, J.

Synopsis: Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden’s breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother’s prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate’s best friend Alyssa is the star. She’s great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa’s new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

If movies have taught Kate anything, it’s that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.

I picked up this book because of the title.  Who could resist ‘zombie chickens’?  I kept reading it because it’s a great middle school book.  Kate is funny, flawed and very real. ‘Zombie Chickens’ contains valuable lessons about middle school issues like relationships, family, and preteen awkwardness but with enough humor and compassion to keep it from being preachy.  And there’s just enough snark from Kate to make it all fun.

This would be a great book both for lovers of realistic fiction like Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle as well as fans funny middle school books like Dork Diaries and Wimpy Kid.

 

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Funny, Juv, Realistic

 

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