Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration--and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from. The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink...
Publisher: New York :, Listening Library,, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804166799
080416679X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 3 min., 34 sec.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Malhotra, Sunil
Summary: In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration--and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from. The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink...

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JCLChrisK Jan 26, 2014

First there was Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, then Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, and now there's Zombie Baseball Beatdown. Don't be fooled as I was by the cover, title, and general presentation into thinking this is merely a lighthearted romp, because it has significant substance and delves into meaningful issues--which gives the characters substance and makes their issues meaningful. This is a book to engage with and characters to care about. The fact that they must figure out how to deal with zombie cows using baseball bats as their primary weapons, well that just makes it a fun romp in addition. It's a good time.

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""You got to admit, if you were going to write an origin story for evil, these feedlots would do the trick. Evil monsters always come from nasty places like nuclear waste dumps and swamps. Check this place out. I mean, seriously. It's perfect."
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"We looked out at the seething masses of cows. Even the nonzombie ones were disgusting. The ground was covered with waste, and so were the cows, and there was nothing but reeking smells and flies and rot. Seven states' worth of beef, all penned together, acre after acre, festering . . .
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"I could imagine it, all right. Maybe one weird cow had been out here, getting more messed up and crazy from eating nasty stuff, mutating in these corrals. Or maybe it had gotten infected with some kind of twisted bacteria that lived in the manure gunk. Or maybe there'd been untested chemicals in Cocoran's syringes that had made the cows go bad. Or maybe it was all those things mixed together.
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"It was so sick and nasty in the feedlots that you could imagine a thousand different things going wrong."

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