Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie
Starscape (Tom Doherty
January 2011/ ISBN 0765326728
Fantasy / Mystery / Children / ages 9-12
by Willie Elliott
Enter the Zombie by David Lubar is a nice read for young
readers who like mystery and adventure rolled into one story. Nathan
Abercrombie is just a regular boy until he is doused with a potion
that turns him into a zombie. Then, he is courted by BUM (The Bureau
of Useful Misadventures) to infiltrate the wicked organization RABID
(Raise Anarchy by Inciting Disorder).
When Nathan and his friends Abigail and Mookie set off to solve
the mystery, the reader is in for some good detective work as well
as some good laughs. The book reads like a true mystery but the
premise behind the mystery is a means of introducing the humor.
The contest to see who gets a chance to work for RABID is one of
the funnier episodes of the novel. Older readers (who by the way
might just enjoy this book) will be reminded of Agent 007 in the
television series Get Smart.
This book is targeted for middle school readers and the tone and
subject of the book is sure to be a big hit with that age group.
It could also be a good quick read for adult readers. The author
knows how to connect with his targeted group.