Case File 13: Zombie Kid

Case File 13: Zombie Kid

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by J. Scott Savage, Doug Holgate
     
 

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For readers who like thrills with their laughs, Case File 13 is a satisfying new series that blends irreverent humor, page-turning adventure, a mysterious narrator, and the kind of authentic characters that will leave young readers convinced this story is about their own best friends.

Case File 13: Zombie Kid follows three monster-obsessed friends

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For readers who like thrills with their laughs, Case File 13 is a satisfying new series that blends irreverent humor, page-turning adventure, a mysterious narrator, and the kind of authentic characters that will leave young readers convinced this story is about their own best friends.

Case File 13: Zombie Kid follows three monster-obsessed friends who must solve fiendishly funny mysteries in their creepy hometown. Nick, Carter, and Angelo are obsessed with all things monster. And every Halloween they get to show off their monster-knowledge with elaborate homemade costumes. But this year, a surprise trip to the house of an aunt who may have been a voodoo queen throws a major wrench into the boys’ Halloween plans and lands Nick with a cursed amulet that turns him into a real, live (well, undead) zombie.

To Nick and his friends, this is . . . awesome! At first. Then the whole zombie thing starts to get a little out of hand (literally), and the boys have to go on a chilling adventure to reverse the curse. One that involves a talking cat, a skeleton who likes candy corn, and even the dreaded Zombie King himself.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Nick Carter's obsession with monsters proves advantageous after a chilling trip to Baton Rouge. When he returns from his aunt's funeral, he and best buddies Carter and Angelo realize that his new amulet has altered him. Initially, the power to hold his breath indefinitely and feel no pain seems awesome. However, the craving for human brains paired with losing a finger causes the boys to grasp that Nick is a zombie. They must find a way to break the zombie curse, which includes befriending a talking cat, listening to a deceased soul, and outsmarting the Zombie King. Savage's action-driven plot and short chapters are sure to keep readers intrigued. The authentic tween language is humorous and includes clues, allowing readers to make inferences, continually guessing what might happen next. Many readers will welcome the interesting folklore surrounding zombies and voodoo, echoing pop-culture appeal. Savage's character development is strong and the story, a blend of mystery, realistic fiction, action, and humor, will appeal to a wide variety of readers. They will love entering Nick's world.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
Publishers Weekly
Savage trades the elemental magic of his Farworld series for an entertainingly gross blend of comedy and horror in the first book in his Case File 13 series. Sixth-grade best friends Nick, Carter, and Angelo live for Halloween, but that’s before Nick is transformed into a zombie during a trip to Louisiana for the funeral of his mysterious Great Aunt Lenore. Nick’s gradual decomposition, changing appetites, and diminishing command of his motor and verbal skills provide many opportunities for humor as the boys work to reverse the curse that’s afflicting Nick. An ominous, unidentified narrator introduces and closes the book, and chapters open with one-liners that tease and provoke (“Can you really have too many cemetery chapters in a scary story?”). This is mainly Nick’s tale, but the rapport between the boys is strong (and their rivals, a trio of Halloween-loving girls, seem likely to reappear). Savage incorporates elements of voodoo practice into the creepy mystery the boys unravel, which will keep readers’ interest even as they are laughing at gags involving everything from dog food to severed fingers. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)
James Dashner
“With its mix of creepy chills and laugh-out-loud humor, Zombie Kid is the perfect book. Nick and his friends are my new favorite people.”
Children's Literature - Rebecca Evans
Carter Benson, Nick Braithwaite, and Angelo Ruiz are no ordinary kids. Anticipating their favorite holiday, Halloween, “The Three Monsterteers” prepare by creating fabulous costumes and hope to receive some of the best candy. When Nick’s Aunt Lenore from Louisiana, a relative he’s never met, passes away, he must miss the greatest night of the year just to go to her funeral. As Nick travels to Louisiana, he concludes that his aunt must have been a voodoo queen, but his parents forbid him to investigate further. After a series of strange events, Nick returns home and tells his friends every detail of his trip. They soon determine that Nick has been turned into a zombie. While trying to defeat the school bully and three nosey female classmates determined to figure out what they are up to, the boys must figure out how to rid Nick of his undead characteristics before he completely falls apart. Willing to try anything to save their friend, the three boys venture into an unknown realm at night to show the ultimate strength of friendship. This book, a great choice for upper elementary aged children, focuses on friendship, humor, and adventure. The boys learn they can handle anything and that sometimes things are better left to the imagination. This book also explores the theme that parents always know best when it comes to big decisions; what preteen doesn’t need to hear that? It is a great book simply for the enjoyment of reading; Savage skillfully employs the elements of suspense and emotion, keeping the reader intrigued until the very end in this great page-turner. Reviewer: Rebecca Evans; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
Striking the perfect balance between rib-tickling humor and bone-chilling adventure, the first novel in Savage's new middle-grade series is sure to please young readers looking for a thrill. Nick, Carter and Angelo, otherwise known by their fellow sixth-graders as the "Three Monsterteers," are obsessed with the supernatural and all things Halloween. Nick is crushed when he learns that he will miss trick-or-treating with his buddies because he has to travel to New Orleans for his great-aunt's funeral. But when it turns out that she was a voodoo queen, the trip to Louisiana quite literally changes Nick's life. Back home in California, Carter and Angelo notice there's something different about their friend, and all the signs lead them to one conclusion: Nick's been turned into a zombie. It's pretty cool to have a zombie as a best friend, but when Nick starts losing body parts and develops a hankering for brains, the three boys set out on a desperate mission to change Nick back before it's too late. With clever commentary from a mysterious narrator at the start of each chapter, a trio of funny and enormously likable boy protagonists and plenty of creepy encounters to up the ante, Savage hits all the right notes. It's hard to imagine that readers (particularly boys) won't enjoy every minute of hair-raising fun. (Funny horror. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062133281
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Series:
Case File 13 , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
210,735
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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James Dashner

“With its mix of creepy chills and laugh-out-loud humor, Zombie Kid is the perfect book. Nick and his friends are my new favorite people.”

Meet the Author

J. Scott Savage has returned after being lost in a Mexican rainforest. His office is now filled with Mayan scrolls, hieroglyphics, artifacts, and star charts. His children and children-in-law, Big Nick, Erica, Scott, Natalie, Jake, and Little Nick, look pale and claim to be cursed. His grandchildren, Gray, Lizzie, and Jack, are heavily wrapped in mummy-like bandages. And his wife, Jennifer, has reportedly been seen glowing green and hexing the neighbors.

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Case File 13: Zombie Kid 4.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop being idiots!!!!!! Oh and this is a great book! Im not going to say anything else otherwise I'll ruin it
salarsen More than 1 year ago
Boy Humor & Zombies: What's Not To Love? This book is stuffed with boy humor, girl sass, and ZOMBIES! Yes, you read that correctly.  Zombies. As in flaking skin, blank stares, body parts falling off ... Okay, that last one only consisted of a finger and an ear, but still. There was a weird cat and some other stuff that I can't share or I'll spoil your surprise. Hee-hee... I think the cover is way cool, especially for an MG. If you're concerned that the story is too scary for your middle grade reader, let me put your mind at ease. It's not.  There. Feel better.  No, really. There is so much boy humor in it, you barely notice the zombie thing. It's actually kind of funny. It's a great MG read for those who don't mind a little ooey-gooey gross boy stuff. :) Love the voices, and it's a really easy read for any MGer." My favorite part of this story is the unique friendship between the three boys. They are all individuals, yet three peas in a pod - better known as the Three Monsterteers! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by J. This book is mysterious and creepy but yet fun and exiting.every word draws you into this incredible world of voodo zombies and other monsters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS OKEY I AM JUST BUMMED THAT HE MADE 4 ONLY, I STILL LIKE IT
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