Nathan Abercrombie is a slightly below average ten-year old who has problems with girls, sports and bullies. But on the worst day he's had in a long time, things get worse than he could ever imagine. Abigail, one of the quiet kids in school, tells Nathan that her neurobiologist uncle is working on a serum that dulls emotions. Joined by Nathan's clumsy best friend Mookie, the three kids head to the local community college. In an accident that only Mookie could have precipitated, Nathan ends up being overdosed with a formula made with one wrong ingredient. And this is the moment that Nathan becomes the titular Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie in My Rotten Life by David Lubar.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this may be the first zombie book that has been called cute and sweet. Not that this isn't a respectable middle school entry into the zombie world. It's simple and amusing and the start of what should be a fun series. We got this as a review copy for Z but unfortunately it was a bit over his head -- not the zombie part but the fifth grade part. Luckily he doesn't understand bullies and mean girls yet! We will definitely keep this book on the shelf for a couple of years. The second book in the series, Dead Guy Spy is coming out in January.
I'm going to add this on to my R.I.P. Challenge reads list. Sure it wasn't the scariest book but it did have a good build-up of suspense and also some awesome zombie-based science. I think it's a great option too for parents that might have a younger boy that thinks books are boring. This is anything but boring with such grody things as regurgitation and dismemberment. It also has some loyal friends and a great sense of humor.
To avoid zombification, read ingredients list carefully --
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