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Children's LiteratureWhen Trevor's friends choose to solve math problems and study history instead of playing video games and eating junk food, he knows that something is wrong. "Must study! Must study!" they chant. Trevor quickly discovers the truth about his substitute teacher: that he is really a mad scientist who has turned the students into homework-loving zombies and wants to take over the world. Trevor then faces the challenge of saving everyone from this terrible fate. Part fantasy and part science fiction, Nickel's picture book uses a comic book style approach to gain the interest of struggling and reluctant readers. Complete with balloons and bubbles for dialogue instead of conventional paragraphs and lots of colorful cartoon-like illustrations, it is sure to win over its intended audience. A glossary defining some of the more complex terms, such as zombie and substitute, are included and is written in a fun and casual tone. There is also a section giving a background on zombies, as well as discussion questions and writing prompts. 2006, Stone Arch Books, Ages 8 to 12.