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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Big Stink (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie) - David Lubar

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

David Lubar's series, Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie, easily suits the advancing reader with a nice blend of easy vocabulary with some tougher words thrown in. As a bit of a zombie fanatic, I admit to finding this series to be utterly delightful and have shared my passion with my nephew. It's easy to say how much I love these books, but his willingness to go curl up with one of these zombie books and read it start to finish in one sitting says more than I ever could.

In The Big Stink, Nathan has a new problem. His school is in the midst of a problem with mold, so everyone's been moved to Borloff Lower Elementary School. The fifth graders are shoved into tiny little seats and desks and, worse, joined by the 8th graders, including feared bully Ridley.

With the appearance of the 8th graders, Nathan finds that no matter where he goes, there's a horrible stench following him around. What is the stench and how on earth can he and his friends get rid of it. With this new, very smelly problem at hand, Nathan's definitely eager to find an answer FAST!

With a nice mix of humor and mystery-solving, there's a lot children will enjoy with David Lubar's series. The book is less than 200 pages, so not taxing, but definitely long enough to provide solid story. Reading discussion questions fill up the final few pages of the book so parents and children will have topics they can discuss together.

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