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So there you have it- all Hispanics, even the ones you think were born here, are really undocumented people. How's that for a message.

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Having fought my entire life telling people I'm not from Mexico it is frustrating that an award winning author sends this subtle message. And Miguel is a stereotype who is a Mexican who mows lawns for a living. None of the other kids have this job, just Miguel. Just like all the janitorial staff mentioned are Mexicans who don't speak English. I think the author wants to call attention to immigration reform but fails. Instead lays on the stereotypes and hopes no one notices. He does a great job convince people not to trust the USDA and to not eat beef. I would have like it more if there were more encounters with zombie beatdowns and less racism.

Jul 02, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , middlegrade , zombies. Zombie Baseball Beatdown is one of those books you think will be silly, gross and the perfect book for middle grade boys. All of this is true, but there is so much more to the story and characters than just a horrific zombie story. Rabi is our main character, being an Indian American, he faces some bullying from a boy on his baseball team.

When his mother has to leave to go to the funeral of a relative, he convinces her to leave him behind to stay with his friend Miguel. An unfortunate factory a Zombie Baseball Beatdown is one of those books you think will be silly, gross and the perfect book for middle grade boys. An unfortunate factory accident leaves a stinky smell literally as well as Miguel's aunt and uncle being deported, leaving the two boys pretty much without adult supervision.

With the help of their friend Joe, they soon find themselves not only dealing with missing family but zombies. The fact that they all play baseball helps the boys as they travel around, trying to figure out how to let the police know about the zombie problem. Nothing is ever that simple, and a lawyer even steps in to convince the boys to drop their mission for letting the world know about the zombies, and there's even a zombie cow. I thought that was an interesting twist to the story, but the boys don't stop there.

I thought this was a fun zombie book but with added deeper issues ingrained into the story. The boys had their own characteristics supported by backgrounds and I loved seeing such a diverse set of friends in middle grade literature. Final Verdict: While hitting all of the gorey zombie details, Zombie Baseball Beatdown goes beyond a zombie story and delves into issues of race, friendship and bullying. This is the second young-adult zombie book my beloved wife has brought home for me.

So, meat bad. Oh, and let's throw in immigration, bullying, corporate lawyers and clueless parents. The basic plot is that a bunch of kids uncover a corporate conspiracy and live to tell the tale Seriously, the author went through every meme and trope on this one, trying to make one stick. I expected to see This is the second young-adult zombie book my beloved wife has brought home for me. Yet I didn't get the feeling that the author really is much of an activist. Instead, I got the sense that he thought "maybe this would be a good plot twist or motivation" without really understanding it.

This is basically a book designed to get kids to read it because it has zombies, but it is not a good story. Don't bother with this one. Nov 10, Renata rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , ya. I read this with an eye toward booktalking for the junior high kids, and I really didn't expect to enjoy it I really don't do zombies, but I know a lot of kids do, and so I figured I'd force myself to read this zombie book so I could tell kids about it, since they will surely enjoy it.

But I did really like it! I still don't really care about zombies but I'm super invested in YA critiques of CAFO farming and US treatment of undocumented workers, and I loveddd how this is a very reasonable crit I read this with an eye toward booktalking for the junior high kids, and I really didn't expect to enjoy it I still don't really care about zombies but I'm super invested in YA critiques of CAFO farming and US treatment of undocumented workers, and I loveddd how this is a very reasonable critique of those things without being an Issue Book.

It's a Zombie Book, about kids whose lives are impacted by those real issues. Also, it's pretty funny.


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May 10, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: ya-yalsa-awards , voya. Misleading title alert! I thought parts of it were creative. I liked the protagonist, Rabi, who couldn't hit a baseball to save his life and Rabi's friends, who are cartoonish in their quailities of humility and bravery Miguel or tomfoolishness Joe. I like the idea of a zombie-action-gross-out boyhumor book that has some deeper themes in it.

BUT I found myself swinging in and out of exte 1. BUT I found myself swinging in and out of extended fight scenes, with interesting characters and situations dancing off somewhere carelessly in the background, and overall I just found myself losing interest. Too bad! Jan 21, Josh Newhouse rated it it was amazing Shelves: order-fall , summer-reading This is a book I thought id taste and put down but you know what it wasn't I finished it on the day I really enjoyed it despite some serious suspension of disbelief and of course the greedy evil corporation just a fun creepy gross read kids will love!

Sep 21, Derek Watson rated it it was amazing. Zombie Baseball Beatdown was about Rabi and Miguel and how they are playing baseball on the Delbe Diamondbacks deling with a bully on their team sammy who is always picking on them and saying they suck at baseball. Also miguel has a secret his parents were imgrants and they got deported and now miguel wants Rabi to keep he secret.

Also Rabi and Miguel went to the meat packing plant to expose Sammy's dad for doing illegal experiment's on their animals. This book didn't really make me laugh or cry because it was not really sad or funny it was kind of more of a mystery of what was going to happen next. I wish they really would have elaborated more on what was going to happen at the end it would have been more supeinsfull. I did not find it difficult because he was really the base of the story and him and Miguel were trying to expose the meat packing plant for what the were doing and how it was not right. I would recommend this book to someone likes sapience and action because this book has a lot of both and someone likes sports and baseball.

I give this book five stars it met the expectations I expected it to make and it was better than I thought it was going to be. Oct 30, Ethan J rated it really liked it. This book is very good due to its epic plot and mystery around the meatpacking plantation near the baseball fields.

But the main characters Rabie, Miguel, and Joe are playing baseball on the fields right next to a meatpacking factory when suddenly a disturbing smell lashes out the meat packing factory and the cows are turned into zombies due to the toxic slop they ate that changes them. So the workers cut the cows up into patty's and feed them to the community. This is were the three main chara This book is very good due to its epic plot and mystery around the meatpacking plantation near the baseball fields. This is were the three main characters journey starts into the new world.

This book is very interesting due to all the surprises that happen throughout the book and how it keeps you guessing as you read more of the book.

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But there are many laughs through out this book that always make you want to keep on reading. But one of my favorite scenes was when one of the characters were attacked by a zombie in the fields around the meatpacking factory. This was my favorite part because their was so much suspense in this scene. But this book always made me wanting to read more because of how exciting it was.

But this book did something else that other books don't often do. This book made the three main characters feel real like you would actually be friends with them in real life. So this made me really jovial due to the author putting in the extra work.

One part of the book really disappointed me and that part was at the end. I wish it would have been more of a cliff hanger than the ending just being so general and brod and not very exciting. But I also didn't like how the author included extra little things in the book that don't really matter. But in all, the book was done really well but some parts I wish the author would have just left out than including them. Overall, this book deserves four stars due to how it really included intense scenes that always kept me reading and on the edge of my seat.

But I suggest you read this book if you're the type of person who likes horror and suspense. So overall, this book was very good and I suggest you read it.

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But I loved this book and I know you will. Sep 13, Jim rated it really liked it. I needed something fun and relatively quick to read last week. This is a middle grade book about baseball and the U. The bad news is that while the violence is rather cartoonish, it would still give I needed something fun and relatively quick to read last week. Bacigalupi takes some no-holds-barred shots at the meatpacking industry in particular.

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The protagonist, Rabindranath, is great. Of the three heroes, Rabi, Joe, and Miguel, only one of the three is white. In the end though, everything comes back to zombies. Kids with bats and balls chasing zombies, then turning around and running like hell from other zombies. Oh — and I loved Bart the zombie-cow. Jul 07, Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , audio , children-ya , sffh. I think it's the corn. I was curious to see whether a middle grade zombie book could actually be achieved, and Bacigalupi delivered.

He also discusses white privilege in a poignant way, especially in light of the particular events of the past three days. Not controversial, since nobody really defends the practice. Why on Earth would we want to keep them out? His target? Bacigalupi is actually pushing for vegetarianism—he stops short of coming out and saying so—but he definitely wants you grossed out over how your meat is processed. To this end, he paints a stridently unappealing picture. Setting aside the preachiness, this was at least moderately entertaining. The characters were a bit one-dimensional, especially the villains, and the segue from climax to epilogue was abrupt at best, but it did manage to keep me reading.

On the other hand, this is a Young Adult novel. Instead, for most of the book Rabi and friends are up against Sammy or Milrow and its minions. Just be aware that your zombie action will be limited. Leave a comment. Filed under Books , Novels , Reviews. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. Positive Messages. Characters occasionally say that something "sucks. What parents need to know Parents need to know that Zombie Baseball Beatdown is a fast-paced horror comedy that also addresses serious real-life issues like immigration, bigotry, food safety, and factory farming.

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