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Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden's breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother's prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate's best friend Alyssa is the star. She's great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Ian Wood
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I rated this novel a worthy read.

(contains some unhidden spoilers!)

This is yet another novel where I quite simply could not resist the title. Had it had a different title I may well have not even read this, and what a loss that would have been t
Jan 21, 2016 C. rated it it was amazing
Somehow it's harder to review a book I loved than one with a lot of flaws, but I'll try anyway. Kate Walden finds herself abandoned by her best friend and then (briefly) experiences life at the bottom of the middle-school pecking order. But Kate is a director, so she scripts her own revenge against her traitorous best friend--only to learn, once her revenge has played out, that she's as much a "bad guy" herself.

Kate's insights into herself were a little too mature, maybe, but just because real
Gr 3-8 -- Kate Walden thinks she has a handle on her life's cast of characters. Devoted Dad, chicken-farming Mom, annoying little brother Derek, and Alyssa, Kate's BFF and the star of Kate's most ambitious movie to date. There's also social outcasts Margaret and Doris, and Lydia, Most Popular Girl. But when Lydia turns her attention to Alyssa, Kate finds herself shunned and picked-on. At home, her dad is acting squirrely and her mom is oblivious to her pain. The only constant in her life is ...more
May 08, 2015 Tory rated it it was amazing
I read this book during the summer. I loved it!! It took about 1 or 2 weeks to read. This book is about a girl name Kate who is only 12. She loves directing and she is making a movie about zombie chickens because she lives on a farm. Well she is making this movie she goes through family issues friend issues and more. Now you'll have to find out if she finishes the movie and if it's successful. Good luck!!!:)
Becky B
Kate Walden wants to become a famous movie director someday with fantastic actors and actresses under her artistic genius. Currently she's only in 6th grade and her artistic pool is limited to family, friends, and the evil chickens that have wrecked her social life and quite possible stolen her mother's affection. See Kate used to be cool. She used to be in the upper tiers of middle school, but then her mom decided to quit her job and start organic chicken farming. And when popular girl Lydia ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
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May 16, 2014 Tali rated it liked it
A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens is the story of 12-year-old Kate, an aspiring film director, who lives on a farm with her mther, father and annoying little brother and who, along with her best friend Alyssa, is making her film, Night of the Zombie Chickens, using her mother's organic chickens as Alyssa's co-stars. All is going well until Alyssa becomes friends with the most popular girl in their
Aug 03, 2016 Eli rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS was fun and silly, and I loved the growth that Kate went through in the process of losing her best friend and learning that the the “loser table” kids can actually be pretty cool. I definitely didn’t appreciate the mean girl figure Kate was in the beginning of the story, but I really enjoyed how relatable she was, especially towards t
Kate Walden has one serious hobby. She is making a film. She and her best friend Alyssa have been working on the film for ages. Kate writes, sets up, directs and films the scenes. Alyssa stars in them. Along with a few chickens. Sure they may seem like the organic chickens from her mother’s organic chicken farm business, but really they are the zombie chicken stars of the movie. If only Kate could think up a good ending for the film. But this is all just the background hobby for the book. The ...more
Kate loves to make movies, one day she hopes to be a film director. Her newest project is called Night of the Zombie Chickens, starring her best friend Alyssa. Living on a free range chicken farm, Kate has the luxury of having chickens available for filming, now all she needs is to figure out an epic final scene. Ever since Kate moved, Alyssa has seemed distant and less interested in the project as she once was. Alyssa has also been hanging out with Lydia, the most popular girl in school. At ...more
7th grader Kate Walden wasn’t thrilled when her mother quit her job and moved them out of town to a “farmette” where she could raise organic chickens. Kate hates the chickens and the work they make, but she gets back at them by making them the villains of the zombie chicken movie she’s been making, starring her best friend Alyssa. Things are going fine until all of a sudden, Alyssa falls under the spell of the school’s most popular girl, and suddenly Kate is the butt of all school jokes, and has ...more
7th grader Kate Walden wasn’t thrilled when her mother quit her job and moved them out of town to a “farmette” where she could raise organic chickens. Kate hates the chickens and the work they make, but she gets back at them by making them the villains of the zombie chicken movie she’s been making, starring her best friend Alyssa. Things are going fine until all of a sudden, Alyssa falls under the spell of the school’s most popular girl, and suddenly Kate is the butt of all school jokes, and has ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, tween-novel
Of course, it was the title that pulled me in. Who could resist? I love the next fantasy novel as much at the next children's librarian but I do, on occasion, wish for more solid, everyday stories. Kate Walden Directs fit the bill and was a lot of fun to read.

Kate is having a rough time. Her mom quit her corporate job (which she hated) and is now living her dream raising organic chickens on a farm with Kate, her dad and her younger brother. Kate, a seventh-grader, hates the move, hates how remov
Feb 28, 2014 Ionia rated it really liked it
Juli Mata has a clear understanding of what it is like to be a pre-teen and the pressures that kids feel when trying to establish their place in the social order. This book is fun to read, silly at times, but also has a lot of truth in it.

Throughout this story, I felt sorry for Kate for the situations she found herself in, even when she wasn't being very nice. She is a character that it is easy to feel sympathy for. I thought the author did a brilliant job of making her background seem realisti
Apr 09, 2014 Luna rated it liked it
It was the title that first caught my attention, Night of the Zombie Chickens – I had to know more about this book.

Kate wants to be a director and after nearly a year of working on Night of the Zombie Chickens she looses her star and best friend Alyssa to the popular girl. Following a few unfortunate events and Kate is isolated and bullied while Alyssa looks on. The main difference to this story that Kate seeks revenge.

Honestly I didn’t always like Kate, she’s goes up and down like a yo-yo in he
Oct 09, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it
Kate Walden's life is turned on end when her mother quits her corporate job and moves the family to a micro-farm on the outskirts of town and begins raising organic chickens. Kate, who dreams of becoming a Hollywood director, tries to make the best of the situation by filming a feature length movie about Zombie chickens. It stars her best friend, Alyssa. Everything is coming along well, until Alyssa starts becoming friends with the most popular girl in the seventh grade. Suddenly Kate finds ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, royal
3.5 stars
Kate Walden is a spunky, inventive, fun narrator who will draw readers in with her hilarious hi-jinks and hard-working attitude. It's fantastic for readers to see a girl who turns what could be a very unpleasant situation (a new home surrounded by her least favorite animal-chickens) into art in the form of an independent film. Even readers who have no interest in film-making will be able to relate to the highs and lows along Kate's journey to see her ideas come to life. Mata does a fine
Dec 08, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
This is a cute book about Kate, who is in 7th grade, and has had to move away from her friends to a farm outside of town because her mother has decided to become an organic chicken farmer. Although Kate still goes to school with her friends, she is no longer close by and her best friend becomes friends with the most popular girl in her grade and leaves Kate feeling quite left out. Bullying and mean girlness show up in the book along with Kate making a silly movie about zombie chickens. I think ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Kate's dream is to be a filmmaker and she has been working with Alyssa, her best friend, to make a movie about zombie chickens. Eventually, Alyssa starts ignoring Kate and hanging out with Lydia, the most popular girl. Kate's world crumbles, she feels like an outcast, and befriends two of the school's outcasts (who turn out to be wonderful friends). Kate then decides to do something to get back at Alyssa. The book does a good job portraying middle ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Great read for someone in middle school, or someone that just remembers the torture that can be junior high! LOL Kate is making a movie about Zombie chickens and has her best friend in the movie. When they have a falling out she has to figure out how to end the movie without her. In the process there is woes with popularity, worrying about her father having an affair and putting up with her younger brother. It was an easy read and I recommend it to younger girls.
Kyle Hui
Nov 07, 2014 Kyle Hui rated it really liked it
When I read this book, I couldn't put it down. During the summer of 2014, I didn't read at all. I just wouldn't have interest in reading books. But when I read this book, it got me into reading again. This book was about this girl, Kate Walden, who was a director of her own movie. She couldn't of made it without some challenges. She got bullied, faced rejection, but made it out in the end. You just have to read this book to experience it.
Feb 16, 2014 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, alamw14
I wasn't sure about this one initially but rather than have Kate be the victim of mean girls herself she does do something mean. It isn't that I support mean girls but sometimes girls are mean to each other. I thought the scenes between Kate and her mother were very realistic. It is hard to be a teenager. Anyway I'm glad I picked this one up. I feel the same way about chickens that Kate does.
Jul 09, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
3.5 stars. This was enjoyable – not particularly unusual from a plot perspective, except for the addition of the chicken farming and her love of movie-making. I liked how Kate handled her new friendships when things got back to normal, and that she appreciated their strengths and friendship. I felt a little conflicted about how the wig situation resolved.
This book had quite a few funny bits, plus there seemed to be a very good message. Some of it was a bit hokey, but a middle grade reader probably wouldn't notice that at all. I liked the references to some actually movies, it's disappointing when an author just makes up movies. So yay for that!

ARC received via netgalley
Irene Carracher Kistler
Jan 24, 2015 Irene Carracher Kistler rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I am a huge fan of light-hearted Zombie stories, so this one was perfect for me. Plus, I loved the filming aspect of the story. Filming a zombie chicken is trickier than you think! I also loved how the girl grew to understand her parents better, and how life will work out, even if you live on a chicken farm. Free range, of course!
Kristy McRae
Jul 05, 2014 Kristy McRae rated it really liked it
Zombie chickens! Who wouldn't like that? This was a great middle-grade level novel, that was both humorous and at times serious--making a movie about zombie chickens created a good deal of the humor, but the story is also about friendship, and doing the right thing, even when it's not the easiest thing. I really enjoyed it, and will be on the lookout for more from this author in the future.
A perfectly decent, if somewhat generic, middle school social drama novel, enlivened by the main character's interest in movies, but which doesn't quite live up to its title and cover. Here's my full review.
Elizabeth Schneider
Dec 07, 2014 Elizabeth Schneider rated it liked it
Shelves: ms-booktalks
Very cute. Captured what it feels like for a friend to ditch you for the popular crowd perfectly. Kate's hatred for the chickens, who are out to get her, is pretty funny. The movie directing element was also fun. Sweet middle school read.
May 10, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Very funny and full of the foibles of finding and keeping friends in middle school, from the point of view of a very quirky girl who makes a horror movie starring her (sometimes) friends and her embarrassing mother's chickens.
Maggie V
A nice story about a middle schooler who is directing a movie in her backyard but ends up dealing with friendship and social standing drama. Some funny bits and a nice ending. Definitely one to keep in mind for someone who wants an everyday story.
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