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Book - 2014
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In spite of a few, er, special challenges, creepy young Imre Lazar is sent to a regular classroom in an ordinary school in Southern Ontario. Bob's best friend, Evil-O, welcomes the stranger with an open heart. Bob doesn't-- and he's not the only one. Soon the community's tolerance for difference and Bob's tolerance for an undead rival are pushed to the limit. Everyone is so busy fighting about "the Z word" that no one notices the signs of real trouble afoot...
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperTrophyCanada,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Description: 228 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781443410687
Branch Call Number: j Scri *


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Jul 10, 2015

It is a really cool book! I wonder what will happen to Imre and Kato?

loljilydoe Apr 22, 2015

Near the beginning it was I admit slightly boring. However as the book moved along with the plot it became more and more intresting and better with description and words. Here i agree with artem that although the contents may be slightly mature, it was more of a Silver Birch book then Red Maple. It seemed like it was more dedicated towards children rather than pre-teens-teens. I feel like the author underestimated our ability to read deeper and understand the themes of a deep and good read.

izabulka Apr 21, 2015

i would say this is a pretty good read, with a fairly nice plot. it was interesting to see the way the world might react if there WAS a zombie child (but seriously, what if there was?). the author had fairly good pacing as Imre was introduced fairly early in the book.

Minimuslander Apr 19, 2015

I loved this book, but sort of didn't have too much of this "greater trouble" mentioned on the back cover until the last chapter or two. It wasn't a typical zombie book until the very end, when the author obviously couldn't resist throwing us the classic zombie apocalypse bit.

artem_s Apr 18, 2015

Well, I do have to say that this isn't a bad book. But at the same time, it isn't good either. I felt like this book deserved a spot in silver birch more than here. The plot was creative and interesting, character design was well done. The world building was decent, and the writing style was neat. The problem is that this is geared to a younger audience, and young red maple readers might and will enjoy this book. For me though, it an kinda in the middle of the bad-good scale. It was o.k. I didn't particularly like the characters, or the plot, but they were well done indeed. Man, if I was in grade 6, I would love this book, especially because it had suspense and even action. Overall, a well written book more suited for silver birch, but will still do ok for readers in red maple.

Sam_13 Apr 10, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, I really loved the fact that the author put a zombie in a school full of humans, and the way they reacted was unexpected. Instead of going against being a zombie I'd support it because I find it rad af. I didn't really like the ending but, I loved the fact that it tackled racism which is a huge world issue.

MickyT_13 Apr 09, 2015

I liked how although there was a zombie living among them, the people reacted in a very unexpected way different than what you would think. it was very similar to race bias which is probably what the author was trying to show. it was fun to read and i would love to read a sequel to see what happens to all of the characters

angelica1234_5 Apr 09, 2015

This book was a great book!This book was very entertaining for me,how about you?I felt very amused at the part when Imre lost his arm during the football game.How hilarious but terrifying thought!Although,i have 3 question.First:"I wonder where Imre and Kato will go next.Will they find a new town?Will they live in the woods?Where will they be?Second:Was this story made up by Bob because almost to the very end,he said"(You heard me.Any zombie or zomboy I've talked about in this story?I was just making it up)".Did he actually just made this story?What do you think?Last,i wonder why the reporter(ex.CNN,CBC news..etc) didn't ask any question when Imre left.And how come all the Youtube videos were deleted?How come?This book was a great novel and i really am amused!

Owl_Feathers Mar 29, 2015

This was the last fiction red maple this year that I read, and it wasn't a bad conclusion.
One thing that irked me was that in the summary it mentioned 'real trouble afoot'. Though there were hints throughout the book, I felt like Kato was introduced too late in the book and the ending was a bit too rushed. In the first part, some of the parts weren't too necessary, and then all the action was crammed into the end.
I do like how it shows us how quickly some are to judge other people based on outward appearances. It was also interesting to see people go from wishing Imre to go away to viewing him as sort of a hero.

My questions are as follows:
1. What happened to Ms. Eiger?
2. How come Imre and Kato are different? Why isn't Imre also a zombie?
3. Why did Evil-O immediately decide that Imre would be a good friend before even getting to know him too well?
4. What caused the townspeople to decide that zombie is a offensive word, because personally, I think it is quite neutral. Besides, just identifying someone as what they are is not classified as 'racist'. Racism is having prejudice against someone because of their descent.
5. Was Imre always a sloppy eater and very gloomy, or did turning into a zomboy somehow change his coordination and personality?

Aztecatl13 Mar 28, 2015

This book scared me and gave me nightmares, especially Kato. Basically, it is about a boy named Imre who can function normally but his heart does not beat and he is dead according to all medical tests. Large protests occur when people find out that Imre is basically living-dead. Some parents feel that it is dangerous for their children to be sent to the same school even though Imre did not really pose a threat to them (he never hurt anyone, in fact he saved a boy named Bob's life twice). Personally, I did not like this book much for two reasons 1) it scared me and gave me nightmares, but I guess that is not the author's fault, it is my fault for being chicken and 2) Scrimger seemed to be trying to get a message across about racism and discrimination. I just felt that this story was not a good way to get that important point across. A dead person is not really a good comparison for a person of another race.... you know? I guess I was expecting something deeper which is why I was disappointed. It isn't a terrible book though and I do think it was well written in terms of suspense, humor, character development, and of course, horror. Read it if you want to get nightmares.

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