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.
Praise for Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens:
"Throughout the story, Mata conveys Kate's exuberant enthusiasm for the filmmaking process, including Kate's relish in the special effects tactics used in zombie films and other movies. The surprise twist that provides a timely solution to Kate's dilemmas is suitably theatrical for the movie enthusiast. Preteen and middle school readers will respond to the dogged tenacity with which Kate pursues her moviemaking dreams." (Fiction. 10-14)-Kirkus
"Zombie Chickens is an original take on friendship between girls and middle-school angst. Fans of Wendy Mass, Sharon Draper, and Rebecca Stead will appreciate this clever and quirky piece of realistic fiction."-Lauren M. Sinacore, George M. Davis Elementary School, New Rochelle , NY-School Library Journal
"Each of these dilemmas invites readers to consider how they would deal with similar issues in their own lives. Young teens, especially girls, will find Kate an appealing character facing problems much like their own-except, perhaps, for the zombie filmmaking. Teen guys might appreciate it as well because of the hijinks."-Donna L. Phillips, VOYA
About the Author
Debut author Julie Mata co-owns a film/video production business, where she works as the producer and writer. Previously she pounded out copy as a television reporter, producer, and freelance writer Julie lives with her husband and two daughters in Wisconsin, along with three dogs, two ferrets, one bearded dragon lizard, and a parrot. She's also owned chickens, although none were zombies, as far as she knows!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If the cover and the title aren't enough to lure you in, (who can resist Zombie Chickens?) you only need to read the first page to get hooked on this awesome middle grade read. The characters are funny, charming, and remind me on every page of the perils of middle school. The author weaves some awesome life lessons into the fast-paced action without making the situations feel contrived. Can't wait for the next novel.
I am reading this book right now, and I'm going through what Kate Walden is going through right now. My two best friends that have always been my best friends went to the Dark Side and joined the popular girls. I have been feeling this way for the whole school year and I am really afraid to tell anybody my problem. If anybody has advice, please help. Anyway, I'm only on Chapter 10 and I just started this book today. This book is really hilarious at some points, others are sad and ambitious, some curious and envious. Kate's mother used to have a very high paying job and the family had alot of money. Then she went down the wrong path and decided to become an organic chicken farmer instead. Kate's mom once told Kate that before you decide to make a major change, you have to make sure that your family and friends agree with this idea. Sadly, though, Kate's mom didn't listen to her own advice. Kate also found out that her dad is hiding a huge secret--but he won't tell his family. Kate is worried that this secret might lead to a divorce with her parents. The part that I can relate to, though, Kate's best friend Alyssa is planning on joining the popular kids and doesn't want to be in the main role of Kate's movie anymore. And as Kate had quoted in the book: " I'd say the hens and I have a love-hate relationship. I love deep - fried chicken, and they hate me." Toodles.