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The zero degree zombie zone
Bass, Patrik Henry, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
131 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson is having a really bad day--class bullies Tariq and Keisha are mad at him, his best friend Wardell has nominated him for hall monitor, a pack of ice zombies from a frozen world are demanding he return the magic ring that Keisha has, and somehow he has to find a way to save the school.
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.5 3.0 168166.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 6 Quiz: 64221.
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In the spirit of Tony Abbott's UNDERWORLD books, comes the new kid on the block - Barkari Katari Johnson!

Shy fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson is having a bad day. He's always coming up against Tariq Thomas, the most popular kid in their class, and today is no different. On top of that, Bakari has found a strange ring that appears to have magical powers--and the people from the ring's fantastical other world want it back! Can Bakari and his best friend Wardell stave off the intruders' attempts, keep the ring safe, and stand up to Tariq and his pal Keisha, all before the school bell rings? Media celebrity and Essence Magazine entertainment producer, Patrik Henry Bass delivers adventure, fun, fantasy and friendship in this illustrated action-packed adventure starring an African American boy hero and his classmates.

Author Notes

Patrik Henry Bass is an award-winning journalist who has appeared on numerous media outlets including MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Good Day New York, WNBC and Public Radio International's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, where Bass is a contributor. He has written and edited for numerous publications including THE NEW YORK TIMES,THE WASHINGTON POST,ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Bass, a former professor at New York University's Department of Journalism, lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jerry Craft is the creator of MAMA'S BOYZ, an award-winning comic strip that has been distributed to almost 900 publications, making him one of the few syndicated African-American cartoonists in the country. He has illustrated and/or written a dozen children's books. His work has appeared in national publications such as ESSENCE MAGAZINE, EBONY, and two Chicken Soup for the African American Soul books. He lives in Norwalk, CT.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

What do you do when frozen zombies invade your school? Bakari Katari Johnson is faced with this dilemma on a not-so-average day in fourth grade. At the start of his rough day, Bakari discovers he is running for hall monitor against Tariq Thomas, the most popular kid in the class. Fleeing to the bathroom to escape classroom heckling, Bakari is intercepted by a spinning blue disc that pulls him into the frozen wasteland of the Zero Degree Zombie Zone, where he is told he must return the zombie ruler's missing ring by the end of the day or else an army of undead will be unleashed upon the earth. Back at school, Bakari begins his search but realizes he can't return the ring without the help of golden boy Tariq and his tough-talking cousin. With Bakari's best friend, the four battle zombie invaders against the clock and learn to work together, instead of against one another. Action and suspense carry the book's zany premise, and Craft's rather cute illustrations add to the simple, agreeable fun.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fourth-grader Bakari Johnson thinks the greatest challenge of his day happens when his best friend Wardell nominates him to be hall monitor, running against his perfect classmate Tariq, who is backed by Bakari's outspoken nemesis, Keisha. But the day turns surreal when Bakari is whisked through a portal into the "Zero Degree Zombie Zone" and ordered to return a missing ring belonging to its ruler, Zenon, who Craft pictures as a spiky ice demon of sorts in his b&w cartoon spot illustrations. Back at school, Bakari discovers that the person with the ring is the last one willing to give it up: Keisha. When ice zombies raid the cafeteria and Bakari, Wardell, Keisha, and Tariq are transported to the Zone once more, Keisha sees the threat that exists, and all four kids must figure out how to collaborate to save the world. Bakari's self-deprecating yet amusing voice carries this action-packed, fast-moving story, Bass's first book for children, which finds its resolution before the last bell. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Marie Brown, Marie Brown Associates. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Nonfiction writer and Essence Magazine editor Bass has partnered with talented illustrator Craft to create a champion with whom many middle grade readers will identify. Bakari and his easy-going best friend, Wardell, must save the world from the evil ice king, Zenon, who has lost his ring and is looking for revenge. It seems that popular but cocky Tariq and Keisha may have the ring. How will the two boys solve the problem of returning the ring and standing up to the pushy pair all in one day? Refreshingly, this tale stars an African American cast. This colorful, well-illustrated story contains friendship, magic, zombies, and plenty of adventure. Readers will surely clamor for further installments from this talented duo.- Jane Hebert, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.