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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of Harpercollins Publishers, 2013
Summary: If there is one holiday not to be missed, it's Halloween. At least that's the way Nick, Carter, and Angelo look at it. It's monster season! This year, though, things are downright creepy. Not long after Nick returns from his aunt's funeral with an amulet, it's clear that something is different. Nick is different. Thanks to that "charm," he's turning into a zombie! Can they save Nick from a life as an Undead? This is the kick-off book for The Case File 13 series.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 4.8
Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: It has monsters and boys, and it is funny. That was all my daughter needed, apparently. She liked the book and read about half, jumped to the last chapter to confirm her suspicions, then put it back on the shelf.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Over-the-top zombie-ness keep kids glued to this middle grade adventure.
Cons: There is a lot of over-the-top grossness (as you might expect in a zombie book).
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good selection to read around Halloween.
Educational Themes: None. This is a book for fun reading.
Notes: The publisher donated an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, friendship, mystery, series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.