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 Zombie stone (Zombie Problems)
 Author: Campbell, K. G.

 Publisher:  Knopf (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 277 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 185203 ISBN: 9781101931592
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Zombies -- Fiction
 Charms -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

August DuPont has a zombie problem. His very dead great-great-aunt won't leave his side. In order to rid himself of her, he has to find the elusive zombie stone. But his frantic search only leads to bigger problems and more zombies.

   School Library Journal (12/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 Gr 4–7—After the adventures of the first book, August is still a lonely boy with an unfortunate habit of attracting zombies. His attempt to retrieve the zombie stone leads him to adventures in a thinly disguised fictional New Orleans. There he encounters many fantastical characters, and of course more zombies. Despite the zombie premise, this book is more goofy than macabre with wacky shenanigans and over-the-top characters to appeal to fans of stories that mix reality and fantasy like Trenton Lee Stewart's "The Mysterious Benedict Society" or Tom Angleberger's "Origami Yoda." The main character is genuinely likable, but he shows less character growth than in the first volume. All of the main and most of the secondary characters appear to be white. The plot is fairly fast paced, with a few points where it drags. This may not be worth adding at smaller libraries if the first didn't circulate, but would be a good choice for medium or large libraries. VERDICT For those readers who have already enjoyed the first installment, this is a solid sequel that mixes fun, horror elements, and incredible adventures.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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