I tutor a 1st grader in reading and writing and I picked this book because he plays soccer. And I like zombies. And it was on his summer reading list. This book is #15 in the Bailey School Kids series, Others books in the series include: Werewolves don’t go to Summer Camp, Skeletons Don’t Play Tubas and Aliens Don’t Wear Braces.
The mains characters are Eddie (a prankster), Howie (team player), Liza (timid, less sporty) and Melody (star player). Eddie puts vinegar in the soccer coach’s water bottle and the coach quits, the school hires Coach Graves to whip the team in to shape. After a rigorous practice an old woman shows up to convince Coach Graves to quit. When she refuses the old woman puts a curse on her! Then next day Coach Graves is in a trance and sleeping in a grave!
How are the Bailey Boomers supposed to win against the tough Sheldon Shooters with their coach zombified?
5 Soccer Balls! Excellent choice for 6-8 year olds. Great message about how to work together to solve your problems. Even if your problem is a zombie problem.