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Zombie Baseball Beatdown [Paperback]

Paolo Bacigalupi

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10 Sep 2013

The apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters... ZOMBIES!!!

The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grown-ups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive...and maybe even save the world.

In this inventive, fast-paced novel that strikes a pitch-perfect tone for reluctant readers, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi effectively uses humour and high-intensity action to take on hard-hitting themes - from food safety to racism and immigration - and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.


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A wacky, suspenseful middle grade adventure from a Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.

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The apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters.... ZOMBIES!!!

The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive...and maybe even save the world.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 21 Aug 2013
By Arco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will buy the rest of the story when available. This is a bit different from the authors earlier works, but very entertaining none the less.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the title and cover art would suggest 17 Jan 2014
By J.P. Inkswitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was shopping for new books with my son recently, and he was pretty lukewarm about most of what we were seeing. I had put a few books for kids in his age range on our list, but he wasn't terribly excited about the whole thing. I had decided that we needed some new books to read together (and for him to read on his own) and he was resigned to it, but that was about it.

Naturally, his level of enthusiasm changed markedly when he saw this book. Zombies? A freshly-whacked zombie head flying toward the reader on the book's cover? Now he was excited and I was resigned. I mean, every right-thinking person loves zombies, but yet another zombie movie/show/book/game/etc? When is enough finally enough?

Still, he had his heart set on this book as soon as he saw it, so I added it to the list and resolved to look it up later to see if it was worth getting. I did look it up, and read some reviews here and elsewhere, and decided to get it. I'm glad I did.

We read the book together, taking turns, though I read the bulk of it to him. Throughout the book and in retrospect, I was very impressed by the writing and character development. When we read other books for this age group (including some of the ones on his list I was more in favor of buying, I have to admit), we often encounter characters who are fairly flat, perhaps partially to serve as a cipher for the reader, and a lot of cringeworthy narration and dialogue. Especially narration. I can't think of any specific examples at the moment, but you know what I'm talking about: the kind of goofy kid-isms that unhip middle-aged writers think that kids would say, but that kids wouldn't actually say or think. I was impressed that Bacigalupi so deftly avoided that kind of cliche pandering while still writing a book that many kids would identify with. The characters are well-developed within the narrative mode the book employs, and the author's writing is appropriate and appealing for kids in this age range without talking down to them.

For other parents or book buyers concerned that this book is just a pulpy zombie beat-em-up, let me say that while there's enough of that to keep the kids happy (eventually, anyway; early on, my son asked "When are we going to get to the zombies?"), that's not really what this book is *about*. This book is about three ordinary friends in an ordinary little town who encounter a very unusual situation and have to deal with it the best they can. That's refreshing given the rash of young adult books published in recent years that rely on the same old escapist wish-fulfillment formula (you thought you were an ordinary boy, but you're really a demigod/wizard/the Chosen One/etc.!) for a lot of their interest. This book deals with friendship, class, race, and character in a fairly obvious manner without being preachy or diving into tangents. It explores the occasional duplicity of adults and the world we expect kids to adjust to, which I think is valuable for kids this age, who are starting to become a bit more able to view the world critically.

This is a well-written and entertaining book that is much more sophisticated than the title might suggest. I'm very glad that we bought it, and my son is looking forward to rereading it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of action, adventure, and big ideas 28 Mar 2014
By Dunyazad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of Paolo Bacigalupi, because he writes dystopias that actually take our current world as a starting point and consider how current issues could develop. (In other words, they're not dystopian romances where the dystopian structure makes no sense.) I've enjoyed The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, and The Drowned Cities, so I picked up this latest book too even though it's for children. I'm not particularly into zombies or baseball, but the author was enough to sell me on it. So, I had good reason to expect that I'd enjoy this book. And yet Bacigalupi *still* managed to impress me and exceed my expectations. There are big issues here: food safety, the treatment of illegal immigrants, the disproportionate power of corporations compared to individuals. There's also a compelling plot with plenty of action. And these different elements just fit together so well, making the book much better than the sum of its parts. This has more depth than a typical action-adventure story, without sacrificing interest or becoming preachy. I'll definitely continue to read anything Bacigalupi writes, whether for adults, teens, or children, and if I had a child of my own I would recommend this book to them.

At least one other reviewer has raised the question of whether the topics here are appropriate for children. The protagonist of the book is half Indian (as is Bacigalupi's own son, I think), and he's teased and taunted about it by some of his teammates in his mostly-white town. One of his best friends is an illegal immigrant who was brought to the United States as a baby and has never known any other home, but is at risk of being deported. In other words, there are controversial issues here. If you're open to discussing big ideas with your child and helping them develop an awareness of the different lives that people live, this book could be a good starting point for a conversation. If you're looking for a mindless zombiefest, this is not the book for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenagers put down a zombie invasion and learn some valuable lessons 6 Oct 2013
By GreensRGood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A novel variation on the zombie story. The book has fun with how zombies are created, and the teenage protagonists feel realistic. The underlying messages are serious ones, about the health of our meat supply and also how policies on illegal immigrants allow unscrupulous employers to take advantage of them, but the polemical messages don't get in the way of the action. And how could you not like a zombie cow head?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super food 21 Sep 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 13 year old son. He can be a picky, somewhat perfunctory reader. I was pleasantly surprised to see him read this book in two days! He couldn't put it down and wants the next one. He really liked the mystery and the motivation between the main character.
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