Zomboy by Richard ScrimgerZomboy by Richard Scrimger


byRichard Scrimger

Paperback | March 25, 2014

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“Yes, Imre is undead,” the principal said. “And we all know the Z word. We hear it all the time. But it’s an unkind word. A bad word. I do not want you to use it. You are the oldest ones here at Westwood. I am counting on you to set an example for the rest of the school.”

He stood behind Imre, his hands on the kid’s shoulders.

“Words can hurt,” he said. “So let’s keep our language friendly, okay? Imre is not like anything you see in movies and video games. He wants what you want—to make friends, to do well, to have fun. He’s like any of you here. Except that his heart isn’t beating.”

Evil-O was nodding intently at all this. “Yes,” she whispered.

I was trying to control my breathing. I had my hand on my wrist, taking my pulse. My heart was beating 280 times a minute. That was 280 times more than Imre’s heart.

From the imagination of one of Canada’s funniest writers for young readers comes the story of a creepy young zombie named Imre Lazar, who, in spite of a few special challenges, is integrated into a regular classroom at Dresden Public School in Ontario. No one is less sure about the school board’s decision than narrator Bob, but his fearless best friend, Evil-O, is Imre’s greatest defender. Clashes and heroics ensue as the community’s tolerance for difference—and Bob’s tolerance for an undead rival—are pushed to the limit in this hilarious, exciting and surprisingly touching novel.

RICHARD SCRIMGER is the award-winning author of many acclaimed novels and picture books for young readers and adults. His works have been translated into several languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel,The Nose from Jupiter, won the tenth annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His young adul...
Title:ZomboyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443410683

ISBN - 13:9781443410687

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This just might be my favourite Richard Scrimger book (which is saying something because I reread the Nose from Jupiter until my copy fell apart). Zomboy is a darkly funny and somehow really touching look at discrimination through reactions to Imre, an undead student. It's realistic -- well, not in the walking-dead nature of the title character, but in the controversy, the protests, the often frustrating opinions of other characters. Not just realistic but eerily familiar. And, as with all of Scrimger's books, the writing doesn't talk down to the reader, nor is it moralistic. It's just... honest, and it trusts kids to figure out what they want to take from it. Finally, the characters themselves are brilliant. Imre with his Eeyoresque sense of humour, Evil-O with her grit and desire for justice, or Bob with his hypochondria... they're all amazing and memorable.
Date published: 2016-11-03

Editorial Reviews

“Scrimger’s lighthearted take on zombie fiction is a fast and frenzied ride through the world of political correctness, with an unobtrusive lesson on empathy and acceptance thrown into the bargain.”