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A Good Night for Shooting Zombies
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Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.Martin's life changes the day his dad is killed in a car accident.No one talks about it. His mum refuses to leave the house. His sister is...
Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.Martin's life changes the day his dad is killed in a car accident.No one talks about it. His mum refuses to leave the house. His sister is...
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  • Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.
    Martin's life changes the day his dad is killed in a car accident.
    No one talks about it. His mum refuses to leave the house. His sister is only interested in her boyfriend. And Martin? He spends his afternoons alone with the family chickens – that's why they call him 'Clucky' – and at night, he solves difficult maths problems in his head to help him fall asleep.
    But one day Martin meets a boy called Vusi, who dreams of making a zombie movie. The two are plunged head first into a wild adventure, pulling everyone they know along with them.
    Shortlisted for the Found in Translation award, it has also since been made into a popular film in Afrikaans.

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  • Jaco Jacobs is the most popular and prolific children's book author in Afrikaans. He has published more than 120 books and nearly a million copies of his books have been sold. Jaco is also a well-known columnist, blogger, freelance journalist and translator. He lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa

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    January 15, 2019
    A punch in the face sets Clucky and Vusi on the start of an unlikely friendship. Clucky is a bit of a loner. His mother and sister still suffer from the impact of his father's sudden death, with his mother refusing to leave the house and his sister now alienated from the family. Vusi is largely housebound due to Hodgkins disease and is cared for by a nurse while his parents also hover. Yet Vusi convinces Clucky to join him as he works to create a zombie film. On set around their neighborhood, these two youngsters are joined by Chris, a schoolmate of Clucky's. When Chris suggests they use a garage that houses her imprisoned brother's possessions, the trio place themselves in the crosshairs of a local gang, which happens to have Clucky's sister's boyfriend as its leader. In one painful encounter with the gang, Vusi's dreams are dashed. Clucky, desperate to fix things, rallies the community to pull off the impossible. Jacobs, a South African writing in Afrikaans, uses naming convention to hint at ethnicity, while Tierney's illustrations depict Clucky and Chris as white and Vusi as black. Death is present in both reference to Clucky's father's accident and Vusi's illness, but Jacobs delicately weaves it throughout the tale in a way that both celebrates life and places importance on human connection as it affects the lives of those who remain.An emotive and enjoyable read. (Fiction. 10-14)

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    March 1, 2019
    Grades 3-6 It's only been two years since the death of his father, and 13-year-old Martin finds comfort in counting things and in raising his dad's chickens (earning him the nickname Clucky). He's something of a loner, living on a small farm with his agoraphobic mother and rebellious older sister. Then Martin meets Vusi, a neighbor boy who loves classic horror movies and lives under the close supervision of a live-in nurse on account of his cancer. Vusi recruits Martin to help him make a zombie movie, and they quickly also recruit Chris, a girl Martin knows from school who has an incarcerated older brother, and the ensuing adventure is just what the three kids need. But when production meets a heartbreaking setback, Martin will need to rally the entire community to help bring Vusi's vision to life. Jacobs (A Good Day for Climbing Trees, 2018) is already a beloved author in his native South Africa, and English readers of Mark Haddon will certainly delight in this quirky and emotionally resonant short chapter book.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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