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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325075
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2010
Format: Paperback
As if becoming a zombie permanently wasn't bad enough, Nathan's problems have just gotten worse.

His limbs keep falling off and having to be glued back on; his wrestling-obsessed gym teacher is determined to toughen the whole class up; and now some weirdo, secret organization is trying to make him a spy. The spy thing wouldn't be so bad if they weren't already trying to kill him if he doesn't join.

Will Nathan Abercrombie find a way to cope with school and survive the spies?

DEAD GUY SPY is a hilarious adventure in true Lubar fashion. The characters are well-developed and entertaining. The plot is unique and fun to read. Readers will have a hard time keeping a straight face while enjoying this book.

Although you'll definitely want to read the first book in the series, MY ROTTEN LIFE, this is a great stand-alone story and will keep reluctant and avid readers wanting to read more.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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cute middle grade book 19 Jan. 2010
By Stormi Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now you have to remember that this is a middle grade book and I am going to say that it would probably be more enjoyed by the younger middle graders (8-10). I also think it is more fitting for boys than girls but I think both can enjoy it. Nathan Abercrombie, was in a accident with some chemicals that left him dead. He doesn't have to breathe, he has no heart beat, he has no need to sleep. His best friend calls him a zombie, but Nathan doesn't really like that term. The cool thing about being dead is you can stay up all night, but bad thing is that when you break something it breaks off of you. Nathan has some glue that is specially made to put him back together when he breaks.

BUM (Bureau of Useful Misadventures) knows that Nathan is a half dead zombie and they want to use him in their organization. Meanwhile, Nathan's gym teacher thinks he needs to toughing them up, but Nathan's just worried about losing a body part in the process.

Nathan thinks it would be cool to be a spy but when he learns somethings about BUM he is not sure if they are the good guys or the bad guys.

Overall, I thought this was a cute book, for me it was a fast read. I thought it was funny in parts and would recommend it to anyone who has young readers. It has all the fun elements of a kids book, robot squirells, lots of talk about farting, and one very gaseous mess due to a half dead zombie eating chicken wings.
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Ignore the Rating... Read the Review (3.5 Stars for Dead Guy Spy) 3 Feb. 2010
By aaa-Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the first book in the "Nathan Abercrombie" series. There was a guffaw on nearly every page and the concept was clever. "Dead Guy Spy" deviates from this pattern. And in fact, was a different sort of read. For one thing I thought there was less humor, and for another thing the book started off very slowly. Neither of which is a good thing in a book meant for Tweeners and Middle-schoolers.

And yet, towards the last third of the book, the pace picked up and the story was very engaging in the adventure sense. The mystery about whether the spy group B.U.M was legit or not was great.

So all-in-all I'm finding it difficult to rate this book. For those who enjoyed the first book, I'd say give it a try. Just remember though, that you are going to have to be patient, that the story takes it's time building. The ending though was good.

a mini-review by Pam T~
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Zombies 7 Aug. 2011
By Kristen M. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Why I read this book: I really enjoyed the first one and wanted to see what other misadventures Nathan the Zombie would have.

Plot: Nathan is now a full blown zombie and figuring out the serious problems he's going to encounter as one. Like getting stalked by B.U.M. - but do they really want to help him, or just use him? Definitely a fun-filled plot with great adventures and hilariousness.

Characters: C'mon, this middle school boy is a zombie... how can you not connect to that? Let's just say he's just like my best friend when I was a kid - finding a way into adventure and trouble by just stepping outside. If you can't relate to goofy Nathan, then you may relate to his friends Mookie or Abigail. I definitely can relate to Abigail - the level headed girl character who is smart and still can figure out how to help the two goofy guys she hangs out with.

Relatability: Never been a zombie? Then maybe you've gone through one of those awkward kid phases where nothing seems to work right or everyone is out to get you (or so it seems). Even if you can't relate, it's just fun. Anyone working with kids can definitely see a Mookie, Nathan, or Abigail of their own.

Cover commentary: Stands out and is definitely goofy. For those struggling readers who want something real but out of the ordinary.
Great dead spy guy! 5 Mar. 2010
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We aren't all born to be spies, or superheroes. Some of us are just born to be normal. Nathan was probably like that before he has some Corpse Flower.

Now that he has ingested the flower and become a sensation at school for his athletic tricks, his always ontime homework, and a rapdily depleting project to do list, what's next? An exploding squirrel is just part of the answer.

The other question floating around school is wrestling. With a championship wrestling team that Coach Lomux wants to develop, it would seem that Nathan is a good fit. Truthfully, the whole team is. No-one is really trying, and just want to survive the breathe through a sock drill?

B.U.M., the bureau of useful misadventures, is well named, and eventually proves what their motives really are. Would you go to a Tile and Grout museum if not to go to a secret spy organization?

Nathan, Mookie, and Abigail use the zombie skill of 'eating' to win a wing contest. $25 later, and a tummy full of wings are not a bad thing. Won't tell you why though.

I really enjoyed the book and think it is very suitable for ages from grade 4 and up. David Lubar writes well and engages his readers skill fully. You can really laugh at this one.

Five wings up!

Tim Lasiuta
Courtesy of Teens Read Too 24 April 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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As if becoming a zombie permanently wasn't bad enough, Nathan's problems have just gotten worse.

His limbs keep falling off and having to be glued back on; his wrestling-obsessed gym teacher is determined to toughen the whole class up; and now some weirdo, secret organization is trying to make him a spy. The spy thing wouldn't be so bad if they weren't already trying to kill him if he doesn't join.

Will Nathan Abercrombie find a way to cope with school and survive the spies?

DEAD GUY SPY is a hilarious adventure in true Lubar fashion. The characters are well-developed and entertaining. The plot is unique and fun to read. Readers will have a hard time keeping a straight face while enjoying this book.

Although you'll definitely want to read the first book in the series, MY ROTTEN LIFE, this is a great stand-alone story and will keep reluctant and avid readers wanting to read more.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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