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Zombie Baseball Beatdown

By Paolo Bacigalupi (Hardcover Book, 2013)
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 grownups 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.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316220781

    • On Sale Date: 09/10/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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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 grownups 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.

Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and the New York Times bestselling Ship Breaker, which was also a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of The Windup Girl and Pump Six and Other Stories, and is a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner. He lives in western Colorado with his wife and son.

  • New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi introduces his new novel Zombie Baseball Beatdown.

  • A 2013 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
    A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
    A 2013 Booklist Best Audiobook of the Year
    A 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Outstanding Book
    A 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
    A 2014 YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook

  • "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?" (Booklist).

  • "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." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story's grisly and goofy roots....Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "It's a testament to the author's skill that [the characters] express values of courage, friendship, and integrity as naturally as they toss off hilarious observations....[A] fast-paced home run." (School Library Journal).

  • "[Introduces] reluctant readers to activism through literature.... a dark comedy with a bit of heart." (The Bulletin).

  • "Batting comes in handy beating down zombies....Will appeal to reluctant readers." (Library Media Connection).

  • Praise for The Drowned Cities:
    A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book
    A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book
    A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    A 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book
    A 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
    A 2013 CBC at Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year Book
    A 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Book
    A Junior Library Guild Selection

  • * "Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters, this fine novel tops its predecessor and can only increase the author's already strong reputation."
    (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • * "The novel's greatest success lies in the creation of a world that is so real, the grit and decay of war and ruin will lay thick on the minds of readers long after the final page. The narrative, however, is equally well crafted.... Breathtaking."
    (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

  • * "Bacigalupi writes with a furious energy that makes this brilliant depiction of an all-too-believable future impossible to forget. A story that will resonate beyond its final page." (Booklist, starred review).

  • * "Bacigalupi's intense, action-filled novel is a heartbreaking and powerfully moving portrait of individual resiliency amidst extreme circumstances that rivals, if not surpasses, the excellence of its predecessor." (The Horn Book, starred review).

  • * "Bacigalupi brings to life a post-apocalyptic America that thrills the mind." (VOYA, starred review).

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Zombie Baseball Beatdown
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316220781
  • On Sale Date: 09/10/2013
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