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Case File 13: Zombie Kid (Case File 13 #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  209 ratings  ·  68 reviews
For readers who like thrills with their laughs, Case File 13 is a satisfying new series that blends irreverent humor, page-turning adventure, a mysterious narrator, and the kind of authentic characters that will leave young readers convinced this story is about their own best friends.

Case File 13: Zombie Kid follows three monster-obsessed friends who must solve fiendishly
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Frank Cole
I loved this book! Absolutely loved it! My 11 year old, who reads well but would rather do something else, gobbled this book up in 2 days. The characters remind me of great boy character movies like Super 8 and Goonies and it had the perfect mix of creepy grossness that makes for a pleasant afternoon. Easily a 5 star book.
Lindzee Armstrong
I don't usually read middle grade, but I bought this book on a kindle sale because I love the author's other works and it looked like something my twin boys will one day enjoy. After finishing the book, I am SO excited for the day I can sit down with my sons and we can all read it together. I am pretty confident in saying they will love it!

The author did an awesome job of keeping the story fast-paced and entertaining. I was never once bored. It's something that I think would hold a middle grade
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I will be the first to admit that zombie stories are usually not my cup of tea but I love J. Scott Savage as a person and an author. So when his ARC came on tour in the mail, I picked it up curious...and began to read...and read...and read. Could not put the book down! The thing caught me completely off guard with its hilarious laugh out loud moments and brilliantly crafted characters-- the "three monsterteers."

It's close to Halloween and th
Joshua Stevenson
In the book Nick, Carter, and Angelo were getting ready for Halloween. But Nick’s Aunt Lenore died. Nick never knew his Aunt but he still had to go to her funeral. Since he have to go to her funeral he will miss his Halloween When he arrived at his Aunt Lenore house Nick thought the house was a little strange looking and the furniture was little old. While Nick in the house he goes downstairs and see some voodoo ingredients. Then he figures out his Aunt was a voodoo queen. During the funeral a ...more
I read this book with my seven and four-year-old after convincing them they'd like it. But the truth is, I wanted to read it. We TRIED to read one chapter a night, but it ended up being between three to five chapters. My seven-year-old would have preferred to stay up all night to have me keep reading. This book was not only funny, spooky, and exciting, it was also really clever. I've just got to share my favorite part:

"As Angelo continued to talk, Nick thought that he'd never realized how intel
Austen Gerrian
Even though I did not finish the book it was a great book. The Three main charectars are teenage kids and they love holloween.But there trick or treating dreams are crushed when one of them has to go down to luisianna for 2 days.
Scott William Taylor
Case File 13: Zombie Kid is middle grade, in the same vein as Marion Jensen's Almost Super. In fact, I thought a lot about Marion's book as I read this one. The story centers around three friends who love monsters and how one slowly becomes one. We get a description of a zombie transformation from the perspective of the zombified person, and it's amusing to consider what that would actually entail.

It was a fast read/listen. It flowed smoothly and held just enough tension and fright to pique the
My 9 year old and I read this together and it was a riot. Each night she looked forward to reading more... and it was a great bribe for getting her room cleaned. ZOMBIE KID is funny, clever and suspenseful--perfect reading for the middle grade audience and their parents alike.
To be frank, I hate zombies and think they're the worst idea ever invented. Despite my inherent dislike of zombies, this book was still really good. The plot wasn't exactly about zombies, it just involved them, and I still really enjoyed it ^.^
Amazing! A wonderful job done by Jeff Savage. Funny, gross, cute, and extremely enjoyable. Full review Wednesday October 17.,
S.A. Larsen
This book is stuffed with boy humor, girl sass, and ZOMBIES! Yes, you read that correctly.


As in flaking skin, blank stares, body parts falling off ... Okay, that last one only consisted of a finger and an ear, but still. There was a weird cat and some other stuff that I can't share or I'll spoil your surprise. Hee-hee...

I think the cover is way cool, especially for an MG. If you're concerned that the story is too scary for your middle grade reader, let me put your mind at ease. It's not
Britney Gulbrandsen
This is definitely the kind of book young boys won't be able to put down. Each chapter ends on a tantalizing cliff-hanger. Readers have to turn the page to see what happens next. What a relief, right? Something that gets boys away from video games and into a book? It must be a miracle. And really, this book is just that good.

J. Scott Savage does an awesome job of letting readers figure things out as they go. Kids have ample opportunities to guess what's happening before it's outright stated. Thi
Kristin Rosenberg
Nick, Carter, and Angelo are three boys who bonded over their mutual love of monsters. Every year since they've been friends, they also dress up and go trick or treating together. This year, however, Nick's aunt died and he'll have to miss trick or treat. (End of chapter 1.)

I can see boys of almost any age gobbling this book up. The writing is simple and energetic, and filled with the kinds of things adolescent boys obsess over. I would recommend this is anyone loves a silly, but occasionally sc
Mrs W
Nick’s great-aunt has an ill-timed heart attack that forces him to accompany his parents to her funeral in New Orleans rather than trick-or-treat with his friends in the amazing zombie costumes he’d planned. He and his friends, Carter and Angelo, are monster enthusiasts, and Halloween is their favorite holiday, so Nick is beyond disappointed. This disappointment is assuaged when he discovers some mysterious bottles and books in his aunt’s house, and a forbidden trip outside leads him to a family ...more
This series starter from the author of the Farworld fantasies should appeal to monster fans with strong stomachs. Sixth-grader Nick and his two best friends are preparing for Halloween, their favorite night of the year, only to find out that Nick has to miss trick-or-treating in order to attend his mysterious great-aunt’s funeral in Louisiana. While exploring the bayou at night, he blacks out and somehow gets turned into a zombie—in this telling, a gradual process. As Nick undergoes strange chan ...more
Ms. Yingling
Case File 13: Zombie KidSavage, J. Scott. Case File 13: Zombie Kid

26 December 2012, HarperCollins

Nick is devastated when he and friends Carter and Angelo can't go trick or treating in their awesome zombie costumes because a great aunt that Nick has never heard of has died. Nick has to travel to his aunt's creepy old house near New Orleans instead, because his parents claim that his aunt had some "connection" to him. Nick suspects that his aunt might have been involved in some voodoo because of i
Now I'll admit right off the bat that I am not a huge fan of zombie/werewolf/vampire stories. It's the one genre I usually stay far away from. But with Scott coming to my school for an author visit, I felt like I should read Zombie Kid, since that would be the focus of his presentation. Surprisingly, I quite liked it. Now the book does have a strong gross factor (we are talking zombies here, not to mention 6th grade boys), especially once Nick turns into a zombie. But it wasn't too bad and none ...more
- This was a really fun and humorous book! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

- Why are the hands only on the Ms and Ws in the chapter descriptions? I know this is really random, but I just happened to notice, and I was curious.

- I liked the chapter titles. They were funny. In response to a couple of them: After reading Chapter 8, I'm still a dog person. I read Chapter 9 right before bed (around 10:30 PM), and I was ok.

- Old man Dashner huh? Is that a coincidence or a bit a of a cameo? No wonder James Dash
Harper, 2013
276 pages
Recommended for grades 4-7

Nick, Carter and Angelo call themselves the Three Monsterteers. The trio love Halloween and all things spooky and supernatural. When Nick's aunt Lenore dies his family flies across country to attend her funeral. While staying in Lenore's house Nick finds all sorts of things that lead him ti believe his aunt was involved in voodoo. Dare he hope...a Voodoo Queen? The night before leaving for home Nick finds himself in a cemetery where he stumbl
Maggie Lyons
Case File #13: Zombie Kid by J.Scott Savage is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure story of a boy called Nick and his two friends. They like to call themselves the Three Monsterteers because of their love of monsters and the amazing monster costumes they create for Halloween. The story will delight kids who enjoy a lighthearted approach to “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night.” Nick’s visit to his aunt’s funeral in Louisiana has the outlandish o ...more
You hold in your hands a very dangerous record.

I have collected every side of the story and every piece of evidence on case number 13. Now, in this file, you will find all you need to follow the dark adventures of Nick, Carter, and Angelo, three boys who possess an unhealthy obsession with monsters, in a town so grisly, so horrific—

Whoa, whoa, whoa. You're telling it all wrong, dude. You make it sound like it's a scary story.

Ahem. Well, Nick, it is a scary story. In this volume alone, there are
This book is awesome but I might be bias because I like all books with monsters and this book has one of the creepiest monsters known to man ZOMBIES.
This entire review is basically a summary with a lot of spoilers. (view spoiler)
The days might be getting warmer, but for anyone who wants to savor the winter chill, here is the perfect book to keep you tucked up tight under the covers (with all the lights on, of course). J. Scott Savage’s Case File 13: Zombie Kid.

Our story begins with the worst kind of news: Nick is going to miss Halloween this year. That means the other two Monsterteers—Carter and Angelo, Nick’s monster-loving best friends—will have to carry on without him. Hopefully they’ll save him some candy (although,
Jan 31, 2013 Ryelor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers, people who want a fun read
I had written what I thought was a fun and witty review of this book and Goodreads didn't save it. So, here's my generic, I-can't-spend-another-hour-writing-another-awesome-review review.

Case File 13: Zombie Kid = Awesome. I loved it. I ate it up . . . like a zombie eats brains. If you're not in to zombies, by this for your children. They will LOVE it. It has all the classical elements you want with none of the regretful aftertaste: a sacred triumvirate of three friends who are as fun as they ar
Mel Raschke
Nick, Carter and Angelo call themselves the Three Monsterteers. The trio love Halloween and all things spooky and supernatural. When Nick's aunt Lenore dies his family flies across country to attend her funeral. While staying in Lenore's house Nick finds all sorts of things that lead him ti believe his aunt was involved in voodoo. Dare he hope...a Voodoo Queen? The night before leaving for home Nick finds himself in a cemetery where he stumbles/is pushed into a crypt. It is during this nighttime ...more
H.B. Moore
My 9 year old and I read this together and it was a riot. Each night she looked forward to reading more... and it was a great bribe for getting her room cleaned. ZOMBIE KID is funny, clever and suspenseful--perfect reading for the middle grade audience and their parents alike.
Three young friends, Nick, Carter and Angelo, find themselves fighting off zombies and other scary creatures in this eerily funny story. As the boys plan there Halloween (Zombie costumes of course) Nick instead finds himself attending the funeral of his Great Aunt Lenore. While in his Aunt's rundown old house, Nick discovers what he thinks are his Aunt's voodoo supplies! Could she be a voodoo queen? One thing leads to another (Nick actually becomes a zombie) and soon the friends are trying to do ...more
Julia Mcknight
I was surprised at how much I loved this book. Fantastic middle grade read! Pacing is perfect, humour/horror balance is perfect, characters are totally engaging and real. I highly recommend it for 8-12year olds. Very reluctant-reader friendly.
Case File 13 was a funny and fast paced book. I read it just as something light and it did not disappoint. I liked the characters: they seemed pretty realistic, except for the supernatural element of the book. The thing I didn't like was that this book wasn't very deep. The author was not very good, so the story was kind of a trashy, fast read kind of thing. For younger kids.
Paula Lyle
Not impressed. Not very funny. Makes no sense of anything.
Big, dumb bully is just lazy storytelling. I liked the boys' friendships, that was rich and important. Some kids will like this, but I don't think most will care.
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J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld series and the Case File 13 middle grade series. He grew up in Northern California and now lives in Utah with his wife and four children.

Scott has held too many jobs to count, including: a mall Santa, French chef, CEO of a dot com, plumber, radio station talk show host, and the guy who sits in the little photo developing booth. He has completed one mar
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