The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

Meet Jack Sullivan; the zombie-hunting, monster-slaying, 13 year old who’s busy riding out the monster apocalypse from his tree house.

Life’s not too bad, now he’s been abandoned by his foster family and left to fend for himself, but it would be better if only he could find his best friend, Quint, and work out how to save June Del Toro from the High School where she was last seen, all while avoiding being eaten by Blarg, the highly intelligent monster determined to sniff Jack out for a pre-dinner snack. And that’s not all; he has a whole list of post-apocalypse achievements to complete to ensure life doesn’t become boring. In fact, it’s pretty much like a real life video game, only he only has one life…

It’s The Walking Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A pacey, light-hearted romp through a town full of monsters and zombies, highlighting the importance of friendship. A great set of characters with a dead-pan view of the life they now have creates witty dialogue and comedy scenes without venturing into the emotional side effects of everything they’re going through. The illustrations add so much to the book, and I’m sure it will be an instant favourite on my school bookshelf.

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Great for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, monsters, and zombies.

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