Saturday, January 14, 2012

Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz

Goodreads Summary:
Wil is desperate for his older brother to come back from the dead. But the thing about zombies is . . they don’t exactly make the best siblings. Thirteen-year-old Wil Lowenstein copes with his brother’s death by focusing on Zombie Tag, a mafia/
capture the flag hybrid game where he and his friends fight off brain-eating zombies with their mothers’ spatulas. What Wil doesn’t tell anybody is that if he could bring his dead brother back as a zombie, he would in a heartbeat. But when Wil finds a way to summon all the dead within five miles, he’s surprised to discover that his back-from-the-dead brother is emotionless and distant.  In her first novel for younger readers, Moskowitz offers a funny and heartfelt look at how one boy deals with change, loss, and the complicated relationship between brothers

My Review:

Zombie Tag is a cute but bittersweet middle grade novel by Hannah Moskowitz. Wil's older brother Graham died approximately 6 months before from an acute asthma attack. Wil and his parents haven't been doing very well since. Wil invented a game called zombie tag in an effort to learn how to battle zombies.

I loved this book. It's setting is contemporary but the world is just a little different. Zombies are a real possibility. Wil is desperate to get his family back. When he learns of a way to make his brother a zombie he does it. However, he learns that you can never go home again.

I loved Wil. He's 12 and he's dealing with a horrible situation. He makes a lot of mistakes but that's okay because he's only 12. Part of being 12 is making a lot of mistakes.

I think Hannah does an excellent job of showing how a 12-year-old boy would react to the death of his older brother. She has a lot of insight. I really enjoyed this book and will be giving it to my 13-year-old son to read. I am also looking forward to reading more books by her.

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