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Sep 08 2017

Back to Scare School by Zack Zombie

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Diary of a Minecraft Zombie book 8. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743818343
(Age: 7-9) The popular fan fiction series is presented as Zombie's diary and in this junior novel, he has finished 7th grade and is uncertain about being an eighth grader. The week before school starts is challenging and of course, he is nervous and super anxious. With Dad's Zombie Credit Card he shops up a storm choosing a large number of fashionable items, unfortunately his father forgot to mention the $30 limit. When the School Schedule arrives, Zombie is in the Advanced Scare Class 201, now he can scare Minecraft miners instead of villagers.
Each step of the way in preparation of the new school year proves daunting, which elective to pick, Zombie Pig Farming or Modding class. Even choosing school supplies is problematic, Mum says no to the 100-pocket backpack, perfect for storing dried booger snacks, no Voice Changing megaphone, just the basics for Zombie. Steve his human friend gives him some great advice and his parents promise him a ScareStation 465 if he receives all B grades.
School life proves to be challenging as Zombie recounts his daily experiences in his journal with missed buses, shrinking uniforms, and volunteer orientation and modding lessons. Humour, grossness, body humour and plenty of Minecraft activities are just right for the fans of this popular series.
Rhyllis Bignell

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