Friday, June 18, 2010

Never Slow Dance with a Zombie

Author: E. Van Lowe  
Publication Date: 2009  
Genre/Format: Science Fiction/Novel  
Summary: Margot Jean Johnson wants to have a great high school career: she wants to be popular, she wants a boyfriend, she wants to have fun.  She gets what she wishes for when the student body are turned into zombies except for Margot and her best friend, Sybil.  The two rule the school until they realize figuring out how to turn the students back into real, living students is more important than being popular.  
What I Think: I've seen lots of zombie fiction lately and this is the first one I have read.  I have to say Margot was pretty shallow and not a very good friend at the beginning and even throughout much of this book.  With that said, there are lots of teens who maybe aren't the best of friends until their friendship.  I can definitely see how a teen might relate to this book.  I think it's funny that zombies are walking around the school and some of the situations Margot gets herself into.  And, of course, the school faculty is no help in the ordeal...
Read Together: 6 -8 
Read Alone: 6 - 8
Read With: Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer; Other zombie/vampire fiction  
Snatch of Text: "Mrs. Mars was the gym teacher from hell, an ancient leftover from the seventies when breaking rocks with sledgehammers was considered exercise.  She dressed in long pleated skirts and industrial-strength tennis shoes as if she were teaching gym class in Bulgaria.  Her hair was cinched back into a tight bun, and around her neck she wore a hideous blue scarf.  While she may have thought of it as a fashion statement, I was certain the scarf was there to hide the chicken skin that rippled along her throat." p. 21
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Inferences, Making Predictions, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Characterization
Writing Prompts: Write about a time when you did something even though it went against the norm.  Write about a character that would defy stereotypes.    
Topics Covered: Friendship, Loyalty, Challenges, Stereotypes 
Translated to Spanish: No

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