Bulldog Library

Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie

on May 12, 2013

JF Lubar    •    AR Reading Level: 3.7    •    AR Points: 4.0    •    Quiz #132458


When Shawna, the most popular girl in the fifth grade, comes up to Nathan at lunch to tell him about her Halloween party, Nathan thinks that this will be the best day of his life.  Oh how wrong he is!  This is not destined to be his best day of his life.  This day is destined to be the worst day of his life!  Shawna delights in telling Nathan that he is not invited to her party.  It is a cruel joke at Nathan’s expense.

Trying to help, Abigail, the smartest girl in the fifth grade, offers Nathan an experimental medicine that is supposed to make sad feelings not hurt anymore.  Unfortunately, the medicine has a horrible side effect that may be turning Nathan Abercrombie into a zombie!  Nathan doesn’t want to be half-dead.  Is their any cure for being a zombie?!  If anyone can find it Abigail can!

Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: My Rotten Life is a hokey horror story.  Despite the fact that it is about a zombie, it is not at all frightening.  It is funny.  It is simply a silly science-fiction adventure.  Readers who want a realistic and dramatic novel should not read this book.  However, readers who are looking for a light-hearted story with a zombie, a mad scientist, and plenty of upper elementary school drama will absolutely delight in David Lubar’s My Rotten Life.  This is a fun book that younger readers will likely embrace for its over the top situations and funny characters.

Genre: Sci-Fi  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

Lubar, D. (2009). Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: my rotten life. New York, NY: Starscape.


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