Zombie Mommy

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Humor and horror mix in fun, fast-paced series installment.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Readers who enjoy this book may want to check out the author's other work including Whales on Stilts!  -- or for teens, Feed or the Octavian Nothing series.

Positive messages

There is a strong message about friendship as the characters use their skills and teamwork to outsmart their foes and rescue Lily's mom from a fate worse than death. 

Positive role models

Friendship and loyalty play important roles in this story as good, smart kids work together.

Violence & scariness

While lighthearted, this story is about vampires and the living dead. A teen vampire bites Lily's mom; our heroes are chased by hordes of zombies; Lily's mom's body is taken over by a ghost. And then there are the killer tarantulas.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this latest book in the Pals in Peril series is a spoof of horror books. Although there are gruesome scenes including zombies, vampires, and more, the silly and outrageous actions of our heroes make this a fast-paced and fun book.

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What's the story?

Continuing in the adventures of this group of daring teens, Zombie Mommy, the latest book in the Pals in Peril series, is a light-hearted look at horror stories past and present complete with vampires, killer tarantulas, and the walking dead. Lily is a normal kid from a normal town, but when her mother comes back from a trip acting very strangely, Lily and her loyal -- but eccentric -- friends work together to unravel a gruesome mystery -- and figure out how to un-zombie-fy her mom.

Is it any good?


Readers will appreciate the fun, eccentric cast of characters here. The sci-fi inventions of Jasper Dash are brilliant, and handsome teenage monk, Brother Drgnan Pghlik, brings a quirky spirituality to the friends' adventures. Although full of laughs and the author's trademark offbeat humor, this story has a good message about the strength of friendship as the smart characters team up to outsmart their foes and rescue Lily's mom from a fate worse than death.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about books and movies that blend humor and horror. What other titles can you think of? Why is this combination popular?

  • The author pokes fun at Katie's cousin Madigan, who is always texting and talking on her iSquawk. Does it bother you when your friends text all the time when they are with you? Parents could use this as an opportunity to discuss cell phone etiquette.



Book details

Author:M.T. Anderson
Illustrator:Kurt Cyrus
Genre:Science Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Beach Lane Books
Publication date:October 25, 2011
Number of pages:240

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