Wil is desperate for his older brother to come back from the dead. But the thing about zombies is . . they don’t exactly make the best siblings.
Thirteen-year-old Wil Lowenstein copes with his brother’s death by focusing on Zombie Tag, a mafia/capture the flag hybrid game where he and his friends fight off brain-eating zombies with their mothers’ spatulas. What Wil doesn’t tell anybody is that if he could bring his dead brother back as a zombie, he would in a heartbeat. But when Wil finds a way to summon all the dead within five miles, he’s surprised to discover that his back-from-the-dead brother is emotionless and distant.
In her first novel for younger readers, Moskowitz offers a funny and heartfelt look at how one boy deals with change, loss, and the complicated relationship between brothers.
I was fortunate enough to be part of Hannah Moskowitz Zombie Tag ARC Tour. This is the first ARC tour I've done (I had to back out of her Gone, Gone, Gone tour and am incredibly sad that I did). The way Hannah's tour works is she writes little notes in one of HER ARC copies. Then she sends it to the first person on the list and they read AND leave notes in the book before sending it on to the next person. It goes on and on until the last person is done and they send it back to Hannah. In the end we read the story, post a review and she gets a really awesome keepsake.
I just want to start out by saying how great a book Zombie Tag is. It's my first Middle Grade and now I'm going to have to read more. I mean, my four year old will be into them soon enough, so I might as well start a collection now. This book, even though it dealt with zombies, was adorable and very kid friendly (which I guess is the point since it's a MG).
Wil (short for Wilson) is a spunky (and spry...haha) 13-year-old boy if I ever met one. I love his voice. It's his true and true and never wavers through the entire book. And he has the most amazing personality. He makes you want to listen and follow his lead. His imagination is endless. How I wish we had Zombie Tag when I was a kid. It would have been the game of the neighborhood.
But the part I loved most was how much he cares about his brother and parents and trying to make them all happy again. After losing his brother, his family is left broken, and it takes getting him back to realize how bad off they've been.
If you love middle grade or are looking to get into it, check out this book.