Three friends witness a mass conspiracy hiding the strange happenings around town. The police won't believe what they have seen. But this trio will not be stopped. They have their baseball bats and are ready to fight. Of course, zombie humans are one thing, but half-ton zombie cows? That's a whole new ball game.
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First there was Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, then Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, and now there's Zombie Baseball Beatdown. Don't be fooled as I was by the cover, title, and general presentation into thinking this is merely a lighthearted romp, because it has significant substance and delves into meaningful issues--which gives the characters substance and makes their issues meaningful. This is a book to engage with and characters to care about. The fact that they must figure out how to deal with zombie cows using baseball bats as their primary weapons, well that just makes it a fun romp in addition. It's a good time.
""You got to admit, if you were going to write an origin story for evil, these feedlots would do the trick. Evil monsters always come from nasty places like nuclear waste dumps and swamps. Check this place out. I mean, seriously. It's perfect."
"We looked out at the seething masses of cows. Even the nonzombie ones were disgusting. The ground was covered with waste, and so were the cows, and there was nothing but reeking smells and flies and rot. Seven states' worth of beef, all penned together, acre after acre, festering . . .
"I could imagine it, all right. Maybe one weird cow had been out here, getting more messed up and crazy from eating nasty stuff, mutating in these corrals. Or maybe it had gotten infected with some kind of twisted bacteria that lived in the manure gunk. Or maybe there'd been untested chemicals in Cocoran's syringes that had made the cows go bad. Or maybe it was all those things mixed together.
"It was so sick and nasty in the feedlots that you could imagine a thousand different things going wrong."
"Rabi Chatterjee-Jones and his best friends Miguel and Joe live in a small town where nearly everyone works at Milrow Meat Solutions, a meat-packing plant owned by a corrupt, money-hungry corporation. When Rabi and his friends discover that the chemical treatments and filthy conditions at Milrow are turning both cows and humans into zombies, they suddenly find themselves on the front line of defence against the zombie apocalypse. You'll want to devour Zombie Baseball Beatdown for its brisk pace, offbeat humour, and gleefully gruesome action, but you'll be chewing on its thought-provoking ideas long after you turn the last page." Kids' Books November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=705794
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