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Brains For Lunch by K.A. Holt
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Aug 17, 2010

it was amazing
Read on August 10, 2010

BRAINS FOR LUNCH by Austin author K.A. Holt is a zombie novel in haiku. Wait. Yes. You read that correctly. It is the tale of middle-school angst from the perspective of Loeb (teehee, get it?) a “Z” attending middle school alongside “lifers” and “chupos” (if you have yet to discover el chupacabra, let me Wikipedia that for you). Loeb’s story is told in hilariously snarky haiku, in the 5-7-5 style often referred to by haiku aficionados as “senryu.” And how appropriate, as one might imagine a zombie as a man — or middle-schooler — of few words.

And Loeb isn’t unlike most middle school guys. He goes to class. He hangs out in the library. He has an assortment of weird friends. He avoids bullies and wishes everyone could just get along. And he has a crush on an unattainable girl — a beautiful lifer named Siobhan. When the (hot) librarian tells Loeb about an upcoming poetry contest, Loeb thinks he might enter, if only to get the attention of his dream girl.

With illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Gahan Wilson — whose quirky style fits Z life to a T — BRAINS FOR LUNCH is a must-have for middle school library shelves. Like the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series, K.A. Holt‘s humor in this easy-on-the-eyes style will attract both reluctant readers and bookworms of all ages. And between the 5-7-5 lines are the often difficult-to tackle issues of race and intolerance that teens are facing head-on at their schools every day. BRAINS FOR LUNCH confronts these with a subtle wit deserving of a gold star. Whether you’re a 10 year old boy who needs to do a book report, a 16 year old girl who digs haiku, or a grown-up zombie buff, this is a book you don’t want to miss.

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