Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Book - 2013
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While practicing for their next baseball game, thirteen-year-old friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the nefarious activities of the Delbe, Iowa, meatpacking plant have caused cows to turn into zombies.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316220781
Branch Call Number: Bacigalupi, P
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 20 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2019

An interesting and scary twist on the zombie novel, this time for children about grades 5-7. You might assume from the title that this is just a comic novel, but, while there is definitely some character humor, it really is a horror novel with real zombies chomping on brains. Zombie cows, too – which provides some humorous moments; but then you get a queasy feeling and wonder why you were smiling.

Rabi, whose mother is from India, and Miguel, whose parents are from Mexico, play on a baseball team sponsored by the local meat-packing company. One day the boys witness something very strange happening at the plant; but when they question Miguel’s parents, they appear too scared to talk. Suddenly Miguel’s parents and several other immigrant families are deported; but Miguel hides out at Rabi’s house. When their baseball coach staggers out of a cornfield near the plant, moaning “B-r-a-i-i-n-s” and tries to eat Rabi, they know something big is going on. Of course, the adults and the police don’t believe them, and the company attorney tries to shut them up.

Besides the horror, there are serious messages about immigration, racial prejudice, food safety, and baseball.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/zombie_baseball_beatdown_bacigalupi

JCLChrisK Jan 26, 2014

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."

ChristchurchLib Nov 27, 2013

"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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