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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paolo Bacigalupi Narrator: Sunil Malhotr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award–winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes—from food safety to racism and immigration—and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from. 

The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town’s local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant’s toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant’s dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation’s plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grown-ups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive—and maybe even save the world.

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  • “Narrator Sunil Malhotra is amazing as he creates the attacking zombies in an audiobook that’s much more than its title suggests. When Rabie and his buddies visit the baseball field to practice, they’re ‘hit’ by fumes that are far worse than usual from their local meat-packing plant. Malhotra deftly replicates Indian-American Rabie and Mexican Miguel, complete with accents, as well as all-American Joe. When the three learn that Miguel’s relatives were deported because of what they saw at the plant, they decide to investigate. Bacigalupi covers topics such as deportation, corrupt business practices, genetically modified food, and bullying in this fast-paced story. Audio is the perfect format for the frightening sounds of this horror story.”


  • “Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it’s pretty darn good…Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?”


  • “A high-energy, high-humor look at the zombie apocalypse…a signal alert to young teens to think about what they eat…sure to be appreciated by middle school zombie cognoscenti.”

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