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A 2013 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
A 2013 Booklist Best Audiobook of the Year
A 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Outstanding Book
A 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
A 2014 YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook
"Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it's pretty darn good....Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?"
"A high-energy, high-humor look at the zombie apocalypse....a signal alert to young teens to think about what they eat....sure to be appreciated by middle school zombie cognoscenti."
"Defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story's grisly and goofy roots....Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too."
"It's a testament to the author's skill that [the characters] express values of courage, friendship, and integrity as naturally as they toss off hilarious observations....[A] fast-paced home run."
—School Library Journal
"[Introduces] reluctant readers to activism through literature.... a dark comedy with a bit of heart."
"Batting comes in handy beating down zombies....Will appeal to reluctant readers."
—Library Media Connection