07 June 2012

Review: The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters by Rhiannon Frater

The Living Dead Boy and The Zombie Hunters by Rhiannon Frater

Published: 11 August 2010

Pages
: 280 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA/MG, Zombie

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

More Info: Rhiannon Frater's website ~ Rhiannon Frater's blog


Synopsis (Goodreads)

Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse.


Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.

When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.

Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?


My Thoughts

If someone told me that they had read a great zombie book for MG/YA with a 12 year-old main character, I probably would have raised at least one eyebrow at them. Zombie books are gory, violent, disturbing reads - how can a zombie book be written in an appropriate way for kids of that age?

But Rhiannon Frater knows how to writer for her intended audience - and she does this exceedingly well with The Living Dead Boy and The Zombie Hunters. There's a perfect mix of zombies, tension and drama, but it's certainly not overly gory or violent. Yeah, it's not all butterflies and picnics, but for today kids it's nothing more shocking than they would see on the evening news.

The Living Dead Boy and The Zombie Hunters focuses on the story Josh, who along with his best buddies, is the leader of the Zombie Hunting club and enjoys nothing more than a classic zombie movie. Josh is a great character - he is brave, loyal and smart, a perfect foil for his friends and family who just don't believe that zombies are real.

Recommended For

If I ever have a kid (boy or girl, there's appeal here for both), this will be their first zombie read. And anyone else who enjoys a good zombie tale, or even readers who aren't the biggest fans of the zombie-genre would enjoy this one!


7 comments:

  1. Rhiannon Frater is awesome, I can imagine just how good this is. My 9 yr old likes YA comics and he's been getting into graphic novels, that mainly feature Batman/Dark Knight... he loves gore and I don't mind him reading gore, violence as long it doesn't contain drug abuse etc... so he would love this! And his name is Josh!!!!! :-)

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    1. and Amazon UK doesn't have a paperback :-(

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    2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh bummer! It sounds so perfect for him too! I only have an ebook otherwise I would have sent it to you :( But it was SUCH a great book.

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  2. I think I have this one glad to hear it's good.
    Sorry I haven't dropped by the last couple weeks :)
    Great review :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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  3. Hope you're feeling better hun, glad to see you again xx

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  4. Zombie books sure do get some terrible covers. Just saying....

    Also, there are so many. And I believe you will read them all with your powers.

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  5. Thank you for your lovely review! The book was recently returned to me by the original publisher and I'm self-publishing it until I find another home for it. It should be available in most formats in the next two weeks. It should be available again in the UK in paperback shortly as well.

    Thanks again!

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