The Big Stink (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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“I figured, being dead, my life would become a lot simpler. I wouldn’t have to take care of myself or worry about stuff like eating the right food. But dead kids have a whole different bundle of problems.”—Nathan Abercrombie

It’s a stinky situation when Nathan’s school, Belgosi Upper Elementary, develops a mold problem and his class is forced to share space with the first graders. Soon the eighth graders show up too, including Rodney the bully’s older and meaner brother, ...

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The Big Stink (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Series #4)

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Overview


“I figured, being dead, my life would become a lot simpler. I wouldn’t have to take care of myself or worry about stuff like eating the right food. But dead kids have a whole different bundle of problems.”—Nathan Abercrombie

It’s a stinky situation when Nathan’s school, Belgosi Upper Elementary, develops a mold problem and his class is forced to share space with the first graders. Soon the eighth graders show up too, including Rodney the bully’s older and meaner brother, Ridley. Could he be the reason for the stinky, putrid, rotten smell that seems to be following Nathan around? It’s up to Nathan, Abigail, and Mookie to solve the mystery of the big stink before it pollutes the entire town.

Fans of David Lubar’s popular Weenies short story collections, which have sold more than one and a half million copies, are sure to enjoy this fourth hilarious installment of the adventures of Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie.


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a great choice for reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys humorous stories. Despite being filled with farts and vomit, ultimately it's a sweet story about the importance of friendship, family, and doing the right thing."

School Library Journal

"Kids will get a chuckle out of Nathan and his friends."

Children's Literature

Praise for My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie #1

“The first book in a promising new series introduces likable characters beset by unusual but humorous circumstances….Will appeal to reluctant readers”—School Library Journal

“Nathan is a delightful hero—a former semi-nerd and frequent subject of smackdowns, adventitiously turned cool customer—which, to zombies, comes naturally.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Lubar has a fine time inventing gross-outs, but he also knows how to incorporate believable character motivation and work the heck out of a metaphor. It appears inevitable that a sequel shall rise from the grave.”—Booklist

“The over-the-top narrative will appeal to readers who like their humor twisted, and might even have some wishing that they, too, could be a half-dead zombie.”—Publishers Weekly

“You have to love a writer who can rhyme zombie in his title. Readers of Lubar’s Hidden Talents will enjoy his silly/funny style of storytelling.”—NY Post Entertainment Section

Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Sitting in a classroom meant for much smaller kids while his school is being disinfected, and the fact that he is a zombie, are the least of Nathan Abercrombie's problems. The issue is that he stinks. He usually smells a little, being dead and all, but something is making him even stinkier. While Nathan's mother tries to figure it out, his friends come up with different remedies to help him smell better. His mother discovers that anger is the culprit. Great, not only does he stink, he cannot even get angry about it. To make things worse, Ridley, the eighth grade bully, is hot on his heels. That is until Nathan finds Ridley's Achilles Heel: he is afraid of insects. The younger kids help Nathan pull a prank on Ridley that cures him of bullying forever. All is good again in the world. The eighth graders still clobber them in football, but are no longer mean about it. Nathan may still be dead, but at least he is not making a big stink. A far fetched, funny fantasy about older and younger kids getting along. Kids will get a chuckle out of Nathan and his friends as they come up with different antics to try to make him less stinky, and a plan to stop the school bully Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Nathan is still searching for a cure for being half dead, not to mention trying to make it through gym class in one piece. The fifth graders are temporarily sharing a classroom with the eighth graders, including Ridley, a bully who has it out for Nathan and pretty much anyone else who happens to be around. To make matters worse, Nathan is starting to rot and the smell is becoming quite a problem, especially since only his two best friends know about his condition. And when he's not worrying about Ridley or stinking, Nathan continues to spend his nights training as a spy for the Bureau of Useful Misadventures, where his zombie skills can be put to good use. This is a great choice for reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys humorous stories. Despite being filled with farts and vomit, ultimately it's a sweet story about the importance of friendship, family, and doing the right thing. While it does reference incidents that occurred in previous books, it stands on its own.—Kerry Roeder, The Brearley School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429929493
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 307,628
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 173 KB

Meet the Author

David Lubar

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, and Attack of the Vampire Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison, and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
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Reading Group Guide

Questions for Discussion

1. As The Big Stink begins, why has Nathan’s fifth grade class been relocated to Borloff Lower Elementary? What physical features make this a challenge? Who else has been relocated to Borloff Lower? How does this affect lessons, lunchtime, and recess for Nathan and his friends? Compare this plan to the grade level organization of your school.

2. Mookie announces that the move to Borloff Lower “stinks.” What other problems “stink,” both literally and figuratively, in the course of the story?

3. Who are Rodney and Ridley Mullasco? What is Nathan’s relationship to each of these boys? How would you describe the Mullascos’ relationship to each other? Use quotes from the story to support your description. Do you think Rodney or Ridley is the worst bully? Explain your answer.

4. How does Nathan feel about being a spy for B.U.M.? What is B.U.M.’s mission? Does this mission affect the way Nathan behaves in other parts of his life? Give some examples to show how this might be the case.

5. Compare and contrast the different ways Abigail and Mookie try to help Nathan. Is one way better than the other? Do their strategies complement each other? Why or why not? Do you have friends who relate to you, and help you with problems, in different ways? Describe how this can be useful or challenging, using examples if possible.

6. What is “Bear Season” and how does Nathan’s mom handle it? What is the result of her first attempt at costume ordering? Do you talk to your parents about their jobs? Do you know if they are relaxed or stressed about their work? Do you think parents should share information about their work with their kids? Why or why not?

7. Besides joining B.U.M., how has becoming a zombie changed Nathan’s life? What physical changes have taken place and what is their result? How does Nathan deal with these changes? Why has Nathan begun to smell?

8. In chapter 9, Nathan says, “ I thought about the cover of Mookie’s comic book with all the badly rotted zombies...I could hear the screams kids would make when they saw me. I’d be a real monster.” How might you comfort Nathan at this moment in the story? What makes a “monster”? Do you agree with Dr. Cushing when she tells Nathan that “most adults would give up if they were in your situation. Don’t ever think you lack courage” (chapter 13)? Explain.

9. How does Nathan feel about the various teachers and coaches who appear in the story? Do these teachers ever surprise him? Do you think he approaches his lessons with Mr. Murphy differently than his classroom lessons? Why or why not?

10. What skills does Nathan use when he sneaks aboard the garbage barge to intercept the R.A.B.I.D. drop? Who comes to the rescue when the barge begins to sink? Who winds up rescuing whom? What realization does Nathan make while he is floating in the water?

11. In chapter 18, Nathan wishes he could use his zombie skills to help his mom with her troubles at Stuffy Wuffy. Is he able to do this and, if so, how? What other problems does he solve at the same time? Does his being a zombie have anything to do with these other solutions? Why or why not?

12. Beyond an adventure about a rotting kid zombie, might The Big Stink be read as story about seeing the connections between people, ideas, and situations? Who makes—or realizes how to make—such connections? What connections do you observe? Do you see any lessons in these connections that might apply to your own life?

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    cool

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    The fourth Abercrombie tweener zombie story is an amusing tale

    Belgosi Upper Elementary has a mold problem that forces the class of ten-year olds to share a room with first graders. As humiliating as that is, the eighth graders soon join them in the crowded classroom.

    No longer the "giants" in their new classroom Nathan Abercrombie the accidental zombie and his two best friends Abigail, and Mookie now must put up with Ridley the eighth grade bully who out-means his younger brother Rodney the bully. Meanwhile Nathan complains about the putrid odor that he feels is all over town. He and his BFFs begin to investigate the cause of the foul odor that he believes might be emanating from RABID; while Abigail and her Uncle Dr. Cushing seek a cure for Nathan's rotting limbs and organs, and Mookie reads comic books seeking clues on living life to the fullest as a zombie. While all that is going on, there is also Nathan's trashy mission for BUM.

    The fourth Abercrombie tweener zombie (see Dead Guy Spy and Good Soup) is an amusing tale in which the middle school audience will enjoy the vividly gross humor as the young reader will smell The Big Stink and see the high level of vomit pollution. Yet with the smell of a decaying body and crass puns, fans will laugh throughout that is when they hold back the bile.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Great book

    This book was great. I like how the the ended twisted like tht. It would be really cool to be a zombie like Nathan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Boo ya

    Great for all reading levels

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    Posted October 16, 2013

    Aweson Awesome... Me A Awesome..

    This book is great even though I did not read it yet.

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