Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dead Guy Spy

Author: David Lubar
Publication Date: January 5, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Middle Grade Fiction
Copy provided by: Publisher
Summary (via Goodreads):

Nathan Abercrombie is getting used to his rotten life as a half-dead zombie. The good thing is he doesn’t feel any pain. The bad thing is his body can’t heal, so he has to be really careful not to break anything. But that’s hard to do when his wrestling-obsessed gym teacher, Mr. Lomux, matches him up with Rodney the bully, who’s looking for any excuse to break his bones. Then one day, Nathan is approached by the secret organization B.U.M.—aka the Bureau of Useful Misadventures—which offers him a cure in exchange for his help. Nathan jumps at the chance to become the world’s first zombie spy, but soon discovers that B.U.M. isn’t quite what it seems. Can Nathan trust them?

Why I read this book: I really enjoyed the first one and wanted to see what other misadventures Nathan the Zombie would have.

Plot: Nathan is now a full blown zombie and figuring out the serious problems he's going to encounter as one. Like getting stalked by B.U.M. - but do they really want to help him, or just use him? Definitely a fun-filled plot with great adventures and hilariousness.

Characters: C'mon, this middle school boy is a zombie... how can you not connect to that? Let's just say he's just like my best friend when I was a kid - finding a way into adventure and trouble by just stepping outside. If you can't relate to goofy Nathan, then you may relate to his friends Mookie or Abigail. I definitely can relate to Abigail - the level headed girl character who is smart and still can figure out how to help the two goofy guys she hangs out with.

Relatability: Never been a zombie? Then maybe you've gone through one of those awkward kid phases where nothing seems to work right or everyone is out to get you (or so it seems). Even if you can't relate, it's just fun. Anyone working with kids can definitely see a Mookie, Nathan, or Abigail of their own.

Cover commentary: Stands out and is definitely goofy. For those struggling readers who want something real but out of the ordinary.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. Sounds like a fun one that my daughter and some of her friends, especially the boys, might enjoy.

  2. Very cool! I love that cover, too.

  3. I think I need to get a few of this for my classroo. I have a feeling a could hook a few of my reluctant readers with them.


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