Kate Walden Directs (Kate Walden Directs) (Hardcover)

Night of the Zombie Chickens

By Julie Mata

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423194590, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/21/2015)

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About the Author

Debut author Julie Mata co-owns a film/video production business, where she works as the producer and writer. Previously she pounded out copy as a television reporter, producer, and freelance writer Julie lives with her husband and two daughters in Wisconsin, along with three dogs, two ferrets, one bearded dragon lizard, and a parrot. She's also owned chickens, although none were zombies, as far as she knows!


Praise For Kate Walden Directs (Kate Walden Directs): Night of the Zombie Chickens

"Throughout the story, Mata conveys Kate's exuberant enthusiasm for the filmmaking process, including Kate's relish in the special effects tactics used in zombie films and other movies. The surprise twist that provides a timely solution to Kate's dilemmas is suitably theatrical for the movie enthusiast. Preteen and middle school readers will respond to the dogged tenacity with which Kate pursues her moviemaking dreams."—(Fiction. 10-14)-Kirkus

The accessible writing style complete with middle-school crudeness ('You suck!'), the realistic conflicts with friends and family, and Kate's snappy personality should put this high up in the pecking order.

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"Each of these dilemmas invites readers to consider how they would deal with similar issues in their own lives. Young teens, especially girls, will find Kate an appealing character facing problems much like their own-except, perhaps, for the zombie filmmaking. Teen guys might appreciate it as well because of the hijinks."-Donna L. Phillips—VOYA

"Zombie Chickens is an original take on friendship between girls and middle-school angst. Fans of Wendy Mass, Sharon Draper, and Rebecca Stead will appreciate this clever and quirky piece of realistic fiction."—-School Library Journal