“Ridiculous in all the best ways.” —Kirkus Reviews
In the fifth installment of National Book Award winner M.T. Anderson’s Pals in Peril series, the intrepid heroes are home from their Delaware crime-stopping excitement, only to discover that Lily’s mom has become possessed by a menacing zombie who wants to take over the world! (Or, at least, the world of stage and screen.)
When Lily’s mother returns from a little vacation to Todburg—the most haunted town in America—she seems different. She can no longer speak French. She makes better pancakes. And also she no longer recognizes Lily, her own daughter. What if she was taken over…and is now something dangerous and undead?
So our intrepid heroes—Lily Gefelty, Katie Mulligan, and Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut—blast off on another rollicking adventure, this time to the world of ghosts, ghouls, bats, tarantulas, web-footed vampires, sad-sack magicians, and ninja prep-school girls with love and fashion on their side. The night is dark and the enemies are fierce. You won’t know whether to laugh or scream!
About the Author
M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which won the National Book Award; The Game of Sunken Places; Burger Wuss; Thirsty; and Feed, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at MT-Anderson.com.
Kurt Cyrus has illustrated numerous acclaimed picture books celebrating the natural world, including What in the World?: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day; Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler; and his own Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of Turtle Rex. Kurt lives with his wife in McMinnville, Oregon. Visit him at KurtCyrus.com.
"The latest in Anderson's madcap pastiche series takes on the undead of upstate New York.... The layers of nonsense grow ever thicker and funnier as our heroes encounter a haunted theater that advertises "comical skits...Ha! Ha! Ha!”, a ghost actress from French-occupied Russia (or was that Russia-occupied France?) and a giant Adirondack tarantula. Ridiculous in all the best ways."
--Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011
"This fifth book in Anderson’s good-humored satirical series gives new life—er, death?—to the paranormal horror novel and emphasizes the importance of reading comprehension if one is to avoid becoming a flesh-eating ghoul.… Kurt Cyrus’s black-and-white illustrations aptly combine the hair-raising with the tongue-in-cheek; e.g., zombies in matching “I’m with Stupid” T-shirts."
--The Horn Book, November/December 2011
"Anderson tucks in an oversize spider, a squirt gun that shoots holy water, and even a touch of romance, while Cyrus adds spooky illustrations to another action-packed episode in the Pals in Peril series."
--Booklist, October 15, 2011
"This kind of fresh new addition to the series--not to mention its many laugh-out-loud moments throughout--is the reason kids will want to keep checking in with Lily, Jasper and Katie to see what fresh brand of horror and hilarity they'll stumble upon next."