Fredericksburg Parent

October 2014

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14 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • October 2014 ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN by Paolo Bacigalupi Rabi and Miguel are two Little Leaguers about to face foul balls and even fouler smells, particu- larly the odor coming from the local meatpacking plant. They soon realize that the plant is covering up something sinister. When their coach is discovered stumbling around and groaning for braaaaiins, the boys know what they must do. Of course, humans are one thing, but half-ton zombie cows? That's a whole new ball game. LOCKWOOD & CO.: THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud If ghosts are your thing, look no further than the services of Lockwood & Co., where ado- lescents hunt and exterminate stranded spirits throughout England. Lucy Carlyle has just started working for Anthony Lockwood, but they've already burned down one of their customer's houses while failing to solve a decades old murder. With their names and business at stake, Anthony agrees to investigate a notoriously haunted mansion with some hideous secrets. Solving the case might just save their business, if they make it through the night. Library Tidbits BY CRAIG GRAZIANO YA Zombies, Ghosts and Werewolves HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride Sam LaCroix is a bit of a slacker, choosing to spend his post-high school exis- tence flipping burgers and playing "Guess what I put in the deep fryer?" This all changes when the mysteri- ous and sharply dressed Douglas senses strong abilities within the fry jockey. He fears Sam, and vows to destroy him. Douglas and Sam both have the power of necromancy, raising the dead. Sam didn't ask for this though. All he wants to do is trade sarcastic remarks with his friends. Changes are coming, changes that involve kidnapped were- wolf princesses, zombified panda bears and one very sassy disembodied head. McBride's novel is for high schoolers that want a hoot with their hollers. All titles are available at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; place them on hold at

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