Monthly Archives: February 2014
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014
We are thrilled with this positive review from Jenny Davies, a 26 year old bookseller at WHSmith who also blogs about books at www.wondrousreads.com. Her favourite genre is YA and children's, though she also likes sci-fi, horror and fantasy. Jenny is a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and also loves many other TV shows, films and music.
"Home is published by Badger Learning as part of a series of books designed to make reluctant readers read. If this book doesn't do the trick, I'll eat my hat! I've read it twice already - it's a lot different to what Tommy Donbavand usually writes (there's less humour and it's darker) but it's just as good.
At just fifty-four pages, Home is a quick read, more like a short story you'd find in an anthology of zombie stories. I'm amazed at how much is packed into that short page count; I became attached to Danny and his family even though their page time is limited.
The gist of the story is simple but effective: there's a car crash and Danny's twin brother, Max, dies. But that isn't the last Danny sees of him. *insert sinister music here* What follows is a macabre few days, culminating in an emotional scene usually reserved for new episodes of The Walking Dead. It's surprisingly heart-wrenching!
If you are one or know of a teenager who struggles to read or find a book to hold their attention, please do recommend Home. It's fast, punchy, shocking and a bit gory, perfect for zombie mania that's been sweeping the nation over the last couple of years. It's a fantastic introduction to the world of YA fiction and isn't that far removed from Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series. Home is great fun - well, that's if you think rotting arms falling off are fun, like I do..."