Monday, April 15, 2019

A Good Night For Shooting Zombies by Jaco Jacobs

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing a new release, A Good Night for Shooting Zombies by Jaco Jacobs. Don't forget to head over to MMGM central when you're finished for more great reviews and activities

The Story-

Martin lives life on a plot of land with his mom, Uncle Hendrik and sister Cindy. Martin is a numbers guy, and finds joy by working out number problems in his head. He spends the rest of his time raising the chickens his father left behind when he died in a car accident. When his neighbor's dog eats one of his prize chickens, Martin heads over to confront them with video proof. He meets Vusi, a boy his own age, whom he punches in the nose when Vusi makes a comment about his mother. Unknown to Martin, Vusi is actually a cancer patient. The punch causes an uproar, and soon Martin is back to apologize. This time, he and Vusi become friends and Martin discovers that Vusi has a secret dream to make a movie about zombies.

Together the boys concoct plans to film the movie whenever Vusi is feeling well. Soon they add another actor, Chris, a young girl who lives a few plots away and who's brother owns an old shed perfect for the movie. However, unknown to them, the shed is filled with stolen goods, and soon the bad guys show up to retrieve them. Suddenly, life turns deadly and their dreams of making a movie are brought to an abrupt halt.

My Thoughts-
Okay, first thoughts from the title was that this was going to be a book about zombies, but then I started reading it and realized it is only the type of movie Vusi wants to film. The fun thing is watching the two boys try to make a film with zombie masks, fake blood and no script. Life moves on around them as their movie progresses. Martin and Chris go to school while Vusi lives at home taking his cancer treatments. The way the author writes allows the reader to get a good feel of what their lives are like and the way they live in semi-poverty.

The one thing that makes Martin unique, his math skills, is also kind of annoying. I didn't mind that he liked numbers, but many times in the book he goes into these mathematical funks to find out if a number is a happy number. It was a bit over the top for me.

The ending of this story is so good. There is a logical conclusion that involves everyone in the story and brings things full circle. It was heartwarming and leaves a happy feeling with the reader. I think this book is worth the read and I'm giving it 4 stars!


  1. There are so many themes running through this story. The friend with cancer, interests me as it shows how he's a fighter? It sounds like a good summer read! Thanks for your lovely review.

  2. I don't like zombie stories, so I'm happy this isn't what this exciting book is about. Thanks for the awesome review!

  3. Thanks for the recommend. I'm a sucker for heartwarming happy endings. I've added this to my summer reading pile.

    1. It is a heartwarming ending but it does follow along with the story, just fyi.

  4. I love the title and although I wouldn't look for a book about Zombies, I might pick this one up. You make it sound pretty interesting. Thanks for your thoughts.