A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Has an absurd plot but does promote importance of logical thought. Sheed keeps a notebook in which he jots down observations and deductions.
Greed causes people to behave irrationally. Families should stick together in times of trouble. Good friends shouldn't keep secrets from each other,
Positive Role Models
The main characters are African American boys who solve supernatural mysteries in their home town. Otto and Sheed spend a lot of time bickering, but the cousins are actually devoted to each other. The antagonists seem to be White, but the issue isn't addressed directly.
The Alston boys are African American cousins who live in a Southern state. They solve mysteries involving zombies and other monsters.They are devoted to their grandmother, who dispenses wise advice. They are also friends with Black teen sisters Wiki and Leen, and they all work together to save Logan County from an invasion of "Money Zombies."
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Violence & Scariness
Logan County is invaded by "Money Zombies," who threaten to put the boys and their fellow townspeople under a spell of mindless greed. The kids end up battling an ancient evil from the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. A teacher's house explodes, but no one's hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Chance for Logan County is another wacky sci-fi adventure featuring Otto and Sheed, the Alston Boys. Author Lamar Giles keeps the jokes coming as the town succumbs to zombie-fying gentrification. The kids end up battling an ancient evil from the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. A teacher's house explodes, but no one's hurt. There's no strong language, and only the faintest hint of romance: Leen and Otto seem to be romantically interested in each other. They kiss each other on the cheek.
Is It Any Good?
Clever, fast-moving, and surprising, this third entry in the series shows that it's lost none of its mojo. Humor and horror don't always mix well, but this action-packed sci-fi satire hits all the right notes in poking fun at monster-movie silliness. Otto and Sheed are a great team in The Last Chance for Logan County, ready to battle sharp-toothed frogs, capitalist zombies, and Lovecraftian terrors. For all the goofiness, though, author Lamar Giles provides some heartwarming scenes in which the boys worry about being split up and forced to leave the county, which disturbs them more than the zombies do.
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