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Ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong? Your town gets invaded by an army of brain-scoffing zombies, you get trapped inside an armoured supermarket, and ...

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Ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong? Your town gets invaded by an army of brain-scoffing zombies, you get trapped inside an armoured supermarket, and you are lumped with the responsibility of saving the world… all on your birthday! Have you ever had one of those days? You haven’t? Well, Melvin McGee is having one of those days… and it’s not even lunch time yet.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mathew Sullivan is a Y5 teacher and Literacy Coordinator at St Richards RC Primary in Manchester.
He is the author of ‘Developing Writing Through Comics‘, co author (with Alan Peat) of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Non Fiction‘ and ‘A Second Book of Exciting Sentences‘ all published by Creative Educational Press Ltd.
Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter is his first children’s novel.

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  • Seth Felton

    Seth Felton 2015-11-02T13:06:04+00:000000000430201511

    Already the proud owner of ‘Developing Writing through Comics’; ‘A Second Book of Exciting Sentences’ and ‘The Ultimate Guide to Non-Fiction Writing’, it was with great anticipation that I awaited the delivery of Mathew Sullivan’s first novel for children ‘Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter’.

    It was worth the wait, and then some! I began the book at 4.30pm and had finished it by 6.30 – I, myself, consider that to be some page turner (or, to create a word for it, unputdownable!)

    With a known plot, ‘Main Character Must Save The World (or the people of Flinchester in this case) from a Zombie Attack’, Mathew very cleverly uses familiar settings – a primary school, local supermarket, a zoo – mixed with strong, lovable characters (who doesn’t love a 4 year old who mispronounces their words?) to create a story of real magnitude. His unique, humorous writing style also adds a real sense of laughter to the book. Did you know that one of the four Zombie grunts means ‘One day I’m going to be on X-Factor’? A clever renaming of Zombies to ‘Grabbles’ also lessens the scare factor of this subject and opens the book up to younger children as well.

    From the first page, the character and plot come to life and we, as readers, are immediately drawn in to the life and times of Melvin, his family, and the huge problem he faces. As the plot thickens, the relationship between Melvin and his trusty sidekick Chloe develops, and the twists and turns are expertly interwoven to keep the reader guessing until the very last chapter. In short: it is a wonderful action packed adventure that children – and teachers – will love!

    With Mathew’s involvement in ‘The Second Book of Exciting Sentences’ – and as an avid believer in the impact these sentences have on children’s writing – it was no surprise to see a number of different sentence types across the book. Thus making it not just a class reader but also a book of real substance to initiate guided discussions on when and why sentence types are used by authors:

    ‘The place was in ruins. Almost every window was broken; doors hung from their hinges; walls were blackened in places where fire had engulfed parts of the building.’

    ‘Carnage. It was sheer carnage out there.’

    To sum up Mathew’s first novel is simple: on the top shelf of my class library is a section entitled ‘Mr. Felton’s Recommended Reads,’ Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter will take its rightful place alongside @GuyBassBooks’ Stitch Head. And with a topic starting on Action Stories in a little over three weeks’ time, I know which book I will be using as a stimulus for writing…

    Melvin McGee, get ready for some more adventures!

    5/5 – A must-have book for the KS2 classroom! I certainly hope there are more fiction books from this talented author in the pipeline!

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