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Our intrepid heroes are home from their Delaware crime-stopping excitement, only to discover that Lily’s mom has become possessed by a menacing zombie who wants to take over the world! (Or, at least, the world of stage and screen.) Thank goodness Lily’s friends Katie, Jasper, and foxy Blue-Hen-State monk Drgnan Pghlik are around - accompanied by Jasper’s Astounding High-Pressure Holy Water Extruder Gun, of course - to help save the day. But not before some truly scary things happen, things involving stuff like killer tarantulas, web-footed teen vampire boys, bad weather (it’s a horror novel, remember?), and, well, I can’t really go on. It’s TOO TERRIFYING FOR WORDS! (Goodreads)
This is one of those books that I picked mainly because of the title, as who could resist something called Zombie Mommy? Turns out that it was a little young for my tastes, but still an okay read.
Lily and her friends have various adventures, and publishers contact them periodically to see what they've been up to and then publish their stories. Lily's mother gets it into her head that something awful is going to happen to her as mothers never seem to survive in YA books (she has a point), so goes off to hide. Trouble is, she picked the worst possible place to hide as the town is full of vampires, ghosts, and other creatures that go bump in the night.
Lily's mother comes home after a few days, but it's obvious to everyone (except the adults) that she isn't her usual self. Lily and her friends head up to the creepy town to find out what happened, then have to figure out how to get Lily's mom back to her old self.
This is a slightly amusing story, but seemed to be geared for a much younger crowd. Lily and her friends had all these adventures, while the adults sat on the sidelines and didn't seem too bright. I never cared for that, even when I was still in grade school, as it just wasn't realistic. I could handle vampires and magic and werewolves, but I knew even then that there needed to be at least some helpful adults. Gave it a 3/5 as it wasn't a bad story, just too young and silly for my taste.
This title will be released October 25, 2011