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The Big Stink Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie
David Lubar

August 2010 / 13: 978-0765325105
Children / Tweeners / Ages 9-12

Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe

Nathan, Abigail, and Mookie have big problems in this hilarious story about a boy who became a zombie. His parents have no idea that their son is among the undead, and everyone helps Nathan cover up his secret. Actually, he is only half-dead, and they are looking for a cure for that. Nathan's fifth grade class is forced to share a classroom with the first grade due to a mold problem, and then the eighth graders move in, too, in this fast-paced, exciting story. A bully named Ridley has it in for Nathan and pretty much anyone else who happens to be around. But the worst problem is that Nathan is starting to rot, and the smell is becoming quite a problem, especially since only his two best friends know about his condition. Coupled with the mold smell, the kids have their hands full trying to figure out a solution.

Reluctant readers will enjoy the humor in this adventure. It is filled with gross things that spice up the story. While there are some references to incidents that occurred in previous books, The Big Stink stands on its own. The talented David Lubar has certainly found his niche in writing funny, gross stories for kids. The story captures the imagination from the first page.


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