Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: Bryce and his partners Yoshi and Clinton battle zombies, cooties, and pirates during their recess time on the school playground. The first few pages show a map of the various yards at the school and portraits of the main characters. Different characters control different yards. In the first part of the book, the heroes battle a cooties outbreak that causes kids to turn into zombies. They finally get that taken care of, then the action shifts to a pirate ship where Bryce and Clinton are held captive. When the pirate captain reveals herself, though, she also discloses that she was responsible for the cooties outbreak. There’s a climactic battle which results in a shift in leadership and opens the way for book 2. 144 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: Fans of Bone, Amulet, and Doug TenNapel graphic novels will enjoy this new action adventure series in a world populated only by kids.
Cons: I found the line between what was real and what was in the kids’ imaginations a little confusing, especially in the zombie sequence.