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Dead Guy Spy (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Nathan Abercrombie is getting used to his rotten life as a half-dead zombie. The good thing is he doesn't feel any pain. The bad thing is his body can't heal, so he has to be really careful not to break anything. But that's hard to do when his wrestling-obsessed gym teacher, Mr. Lomux, matches him up with Rodney the bully, who's looking for any excuse to break his bones. T ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Starscape (first published January 4th 2010)
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Heidi Vargas
Jan 03, 2010 Heidi Vargas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: I won this book from Good Reads.
I won this book from good reads.

This book was silly and entertaining good for more then one chuckle. It's a light read, with some silly fart humor and a twist of spy gadgets. Both of my kids helped themselves to this book before I had a chance to read it, they both had an easy time completing it in one day and are really excited about seeking other books written by David Lubar. They had both read My Rotten Life Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie and clued me in about what happen to Nathan in
Adam N
Jan 31, 2013 Adam N is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book and I arrived at the part where Nathan, the main character, has a secret identity of a zombie and no one except his two friends know about it. Later he figures out he has a spy following him trying to find out who Nathan really is and what he is capable of doing. Nathan and his two friends are being very brave, even at the most scariest moments in the book.
Nathan's friends are always there to help him face his Zombie life and still like him for what he is. I think th
We picked this up after searching for "spy" books at the library, with a little help from the Children's Librarian. My 5 and 7 year old sons loved it. I read it aloud but I will issue a warning about the fact that Nathan Abercrombie cannot digest food now that he is a zombie. A couple of scenes had me passing the book to my 7 year old to read, they were retch worthy but perfect for my kids. Nathan Abercrombie is a likeable character, who wants to do good in the world (if in a super hero fashion) ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Woodenvelt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an advance reader's copy and my very first win from a giveaway contest, which lent an inherent sense of giddy delight and anticipation to its reading. Simply by virtue of being the tale of a 4th grade zombie named Nate, the book already tapped into my love of all things undead and dovetailed nicely with my continuing quest to find entertaining reads for my own 4th grader.

This book delivered on both accounts. Nate might not be your typical brain craving walking dead, but despite his
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Jan 18, 2010 Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers (boys)
Now you have to remember that this is a middle grade book and I am going to say that it would probably be more enjoyed by the younger middle graders (8-10). I also think it is more fitting for boys than girls but I think both can enjoy it. Nathan Abercrombie, was in a accident with some chemicals that left him dead. He doesn't have to breathe, he has no heart beat, he has no need to sleep. His best friend calls him a zombie, but Nathan doesn't really like that term. The cool thing about being de ...more
Feb 14, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddie-books, zombies, arc
Why I read this book: I really enjoyed the first one and wanted to see what other misadventures Nathan the Zombie would have.

Plot: Nathan is now a full blown zombie and figuring out the serious problems he's going to encounter as one. Like getting stalked by B.U.M. - but do they really want to help him, or just use him? Definitely a fun-filled plot with great adventures and hilariousness.

Characters: C'mon, this middle school boy is a zombie... how can you not connect to that? Let's just say he's
Jan 04, 2010 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I agree with several of the previous reviews that this book is definitely more of a fit for the target audience. It's slightly grotesque in places in ways that would appeal to a young male audience. There are a few too many "ewww" moments for little girls I would think. Even I was grossed out in the gym scene during the wrestling match and I'm much older than 8 years old. On another note, I know it's fiction, and being a zombie is unreal, but Abigail's in ...more
May 13, 2010 Natisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys who love spy novels and zombies
I received a free advanced readers copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads, started to read the first chapter, and then decided I really wanted to read the first book first. So, I hid it from my son, because once he got a hold of it, I'd never get it back.

Nathan (in the first book) is accidentally doused by chemicals that turned him into a zombie, although he's not crazy about that term. He doesn't breathe. If he eats, the food doesn't digest. And his body doesn't repair itself. Just as
Initial thoughts: This book made me feel kind of sick. There's just some things I don't want to read about involving bodily functions. I didn't care for the story line either.

The title of this book should have given me a clue, but this story featured a lot of gross descriptions and scenarios. It definitely felt like a "boy book" with the crazy concoctions, bizarre scenarios and off-beat humor. But still, even though it was unlike anything I had read before, it made me feel a little queasy...and
Jennifer Wardrip
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As if becoming a zombie permanently wasn't bad enough, Nathan's problems have just gotten worse.

His limbs keep falling off and having to be glued back on; his wrestling-obsessed gym teacher is determined to toughen the whole class up; and now some weirdo, secret organization is trying to make him a spy. The spy thing wouldn't be so bad if they weren't already trying to kill him if he doesn't join.

Will Nathan Abercrombie find a way to cope with school and su
Received this as an ARC from Goodreads First Reads program. Before reading this #2 in series I took the time to read (well, listen to) the first book. This latest entry was much more fun than the first- it didn't seem quite as gross [is this a difference between reading and listening- is gross grosser by ear?:]. I think bringing in the secret organization BUM gave it a vibe akin to Get Smart/ Man from U.N.C.L.E./ Men in Black that made the weirdness of the basic premise more palatable. I like t ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Uriah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Jan 04, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just won this on Goodreads.

This would be a fun book for young boys to read, I think. Nathan is a boy who gets doused with an experimental formula called Hurt-Be-Gone and it does take away all sense of pain, in fact, he doesn't really feel anything, he has turned into a zombie. Nathan wants to do something special with his new abilities while trying to appear normal. He gets recruited to join a special team and has to decide if he agrees with them and trusts them.

There are elements of body hum
Oct 10, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: zombie, juvenile
So Nathan is still a zombie and he just wants to do something great with his Zombie powers, but he learns he needs to be careful since someone could be watching him and someone is. Nathan gets stalked which sounded waaay to much like pedophilia territory with creepy guys with mustaches lurking in bushes, late night chatrooms, secret meetings in cars and on street corners... Ya no idea why that was all like that. Nevertheless, a corporation called BUM wants Nathan to work for then in return he wi ...more
Jan 13, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an interesting turn of events, I got this book from the description of a zombie detective. Being a mystery lover, that got my attention - after all, I have read books about supernatural detectives before. When it arrived it was a book about a 5th grade boy who had been turned into a zombie accidently. The good thing about being a zombie is that you never have to sleep, so you get a lot done when you stay up all night. Unfortunately, your body parts have a habit of breaking off. Fun book for k ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Charlyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Nathan Abercrombie, accidental zombie, has two missions in life: to avoid others realizing his secret--he's pretty much one of the walking dead--and to be a superhero. When Mr. Murphy recruits him to work for BUM, the Bureau of Useful Misadventure, he beging to think his life may improve. BUM appears to be working on a procedure to make Nathan's body stronger and becoming a spy will almost be like being a superhero. But is BUM really an agency working for the good of the country or is it a sinis ...more
Jenna Gall
I know I was a little old for the book but I thought I would give it a read and pass it on to one of my friends who has a kid.
However, I thought that the book had a good story line but I felt it dropped off at the end. In the beginning of the book it was focused on the spys of BUM but at the end it focus more on the wrestling match. I thought it would go more into his special abilities and how he would be able to help BUM. It was just a little disappointing.
I recieved the book for free from go
Jan 03, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-won
I won this book from the Goodreads Book Giveaway. It is geared toward middle school aged children. I definitely think a young boy would enjoy this book. It is filled with lots of bathroom humor and gross out silliness. I found the main character Nathan's friends reminded me a good bit of another literary character's frends...the bookish smart girl and the goofy not as smart guy friend. But I guess I can forgive Overall, I thought it was a very cute book about a young boy dealing with ...more
Christy Stewart
It's like The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets zombies meets grass growing.

Too slow a pace for me as a 24 year old, it would have been torture as a 14 year old and impossible for my prepubescent days. What was the biggest let down is that the lead is a zombie when the book begins and the back story is "My friend's uncle messed up a spell and got powder on me and now Im a zombie, anyway......." If your zombie isn't going to eat brains then he at least needs an exciting transformation.
Jan 03, 2010 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first_reads
Easy, fun to read book with the right combination of action, thinking, and goofy situations for boys in the 4th - 6th grade. Maybe some girls would enjoy it too. Some of the 'body gas expulsion' jokes were not for me, but after listening to my grandson tell silly toilet jokes until he and his younger brother were laughing so hard they were crying, I thought perhaps it is the type of humor and story he would enjoy. Other than that, the book gave me an enjoyable break from my usual 'Grandpa' readi ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Zombies are like MSG for entertainment; regardless of the medium, adding zombies just makes things better... If Lubar's story was about a normal 5th grade boy being recruited into a secret spy organization, it would have worked just fine. Adding the zombie element threw things over the top, in a good way. My six-year old loved every minute, and no wonder; zombies never go to sleep and never have to eat food, which is basically my boy's idea of heaven. A fun jaunt for parents with young readers, ...more
Luanne Hatcher
Mar 05, 2012 Luanne Hatcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this second book from the Dead Guy Spy series quite humorous. It's a book I'd recommend to our boys that enjoy a fun, nonchallenging book. In the first book, Nathan was accidently splashed with a jar of formula that was supposed to remove bad feelings. A wrong ingredient, corpse flower, was used instead of corpus flower, which resulted in his new condition. He's like the walking dead. In this book, he wants to help people, and with an opportunity to become a spy for BUM, he might just ha ...more
Won this on first reads.

A delightful read from an adult standpoint. Not too fluffy, not too kiddish or boring. This is a good book to pick up when you have a little time and want something light and not too serious.

This is a book that my kids, neices, nephew, cousins and any other kid in my family is going to love. I will be keeping it on my bookshelf for them and for my future grandkida.
Jan 05, 2010 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, first-reads
I actually found this book quite entertaining and would have loved it as a boy. Nathan is a very comical and likable character and his series of misadventures stirs that younger voice within me that yearned for such crazy adventures when I was his age.

While I have not read the first book to this series, I never felt out of the 'loop' of the plot. In fact, it only made me want to pick up the first one and fill in the small holes around the story of his circumstance.
Jun 29, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book that turns a zombie into a good guy! This is the second book in the Nathan Abercrombie Accidental Zombie series. I must admit that I won my copy through a Goodreads Give Away. As soon as I learned of my winning, I borrowed the first book from the library. The first book covered Nathan's adventures becoming an accidental zombie. The second book makes him even more of a hero, and a spy. Kids reading chapter books will find it funny, and even gross. Overall I liked it!
Jan 14, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
**Won through First Reads.

When Nathan Abercrombie is recruited for a world of secret-super spies, trouble ensues (of course).

Filled with zombie-humor, vomit, spies, and sports, this would be a great read for elementary-aged boys. Personally, I loved it too, and I'm most definitely not a 4th grade boy. :-)
Jan 12, 2010 Astraplain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book featuring a likable main characters, his two friends - who each help in their own way - and a cast of interesting characters whose quirks don't overshadow the story. There's plenty of action, particularly in the later half of the book, and lots of humor and amusing situations, some of which might be less appreciated by adults. Overall, a fast and fun read.
Jan 26, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was way below my reading level, but kind of fun regardless. I think it was a really unique plot, with exciting ideas and clever characters. It was really cute, and I'm sure that middle-aged kids would love it. It has just enough edge of gross that I think it is typically for boys, but it was cute nonetheless.
Lisa Welch
Back in my younger days, I would have loved a book like this that had a "spy" theme to it. The author makes the reader feel as if kids can really experience some cool things. As an adult, it would have been nice to see the kids in the story making some "smarter" choices in terms of their overall safety.
Victoria reyes
Feb 03, 2010 Victoria reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a chance to read this book because of the great people at goodreads :) I really enjoyed this book, it keep me entertained thru the whole story. The way Nathan, Mookie and Abigail stick together, and how all the friends joke around and act like regular 5th graders. It reminds of my friends at that age. I truly recommend this book if your looking for a great story and some laughs :)
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David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short ...more
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