Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens

Kate Walden DirectsKate Walden Directs by Julie Mata

Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden’s breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother’s prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate’s best friend Alyssa is the star. She’s great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa’s new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

If movies have taught Kate anything, it’s that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Juli Mata has a clear understanding of what it is like to be a pre-teen and the pressures that kids feel when trying to establish their place in the social order. This book is fun to read, silly at times, but also has a lot of truth in it.

Throughout this story, I felt sorry for Kate for the situations she found herself in, even when she wasn’t being very nice. She is a character that it is easy to feel sympathy for. I thought the author did a brilliant job of making her background seem realistic and colourful and the secondary characters were equally as well drawn.

For the younger kids who read this, there may be a couple of more adult themes they don’t understand yet, but nothing extreme that they shouldn’t be reading.

Between the zombie chickens and the Kate-caused mayhem, there is never a dull moment in this book. There are some valuable lessons here and I think even parents would have fun reading this with their child.

Overall, this one was a winner earning four out of five stars.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.

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