Tuesday, May 7, 2013

'How Not to Train a Zombie' by Annie Rachel Cole Blurb Blitz Tour

by Annie Rachel Cole



How does a thirteen-year old become the most popular kid in 8th grade? He trains a zombie to be a pet... And that's exactly what Max Taylor plans to do, even if he had to lie, steal, and lose his best friend in the process.


Read an excerpt:
Max walked over to the table in the back of the room where Eddy sat, put his backpack on the floor, and plopped down in the empty chair.

Eddy looked up from the science book, shook his head, and went back to reading.

“What are you reading?” asked Max.

Eddy ignored the question and kept reading.

Max rolled his eyes. “I’ve got a really cool idea for a science project.”

“I’ve already got a project.”

“But you haven’t even heard what my idea is.”

Eddy looked up from the science book. “If it has anything to do with zombies, I don’t want to hear it. That’s all I’ve heard about since dad spoke at Career Day.” He turned his attention back to the book.

Max bit his lip. “Then you’ll like my idea, because it has nothing to do with zombies.” He put on his best smile. The same smile he used when he was trying to convince his mom he wasn’t up to something.

Eddy closed the book and sighed. “And what is your idea?” He turned and looked at Max, not at all convinced that Max’s idea had nothing to do with zombies.

“I was thinking that we could—that could—”

“That we could what? Try to train a zombie or something as equally stupid or dangerous?” asked Eddy.

Max glanced at the posters covering the wall. His eyes stopped on the poster depicting the solar system.

“Well?” asked Eddy.

“I was thinking we could do something with the solar system.”

“The solar system?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Texas with my husband, son, and two cats who think they run the place. I read, write, play Texas Hold’em poker (I'm actually part of a local league), and occasionally I compete in BBQ competitions with my husband. Our team name is Outcast Cookers. I also teach in a public school.

My likes include: a wide variety of music (see my play list for book 2 on my blog), Star Trek (My son got me a signed picture of Patrick Stewart which sits on my desk.), Star Wars, Grimm (TV series), winter (though we don’t have snow), the holiday season, coffee, hot tea (with cream and sweetener), pizza (no anchovies though), puzzles, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, and JK Rowling.

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  1. Oh-oh! THIS is the perfect book for my sons! Thank you :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope they enjoy the book. :)

  2. Hi everyone!!! Thanks Andrea for hosting.

  3. Great excerpt, thank you.


  4. Thanks for the great excerpt, I love the fun cover.

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  5. Nice excerpt

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  6. Thanks for sharing an excerpt!


  7. "The solar system?" - boring. Go with the zombie idea I say!!


  8. Sounds like a fun read! I will definitely have to check it out for my 4th graders!!

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  9. I remember one year the 8th grade science teacher turned the ceilings in the building into a scale model of our solar system. I forget what was hanging in my classroom, but everywhere you went in the building were planets, moons, asteroids, etc. It was really cool.

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

  10. Your 8th grade science teacher made things fun and interesting. It probably made the kids more involved.

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