My Zombie Hamster

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A laugh-out-loud funny middle-grade debut with a scary twist, My Zombie Hamster will appeal to readers who like their animal stories mixed with chills.

Matt Hunter is looking forward to Christmas—actually, he’s looking forward to receiving the latest sword-and-fantasy video game. But Matt’s parents have other thoughts—they give him a fluffy little hamster called Snuffles. But the hamster isn’t all that cute, especially after part of its cheek and belly fall off. And why is it staring at Matt with black beady eyes and a lean and hungry look? Say hello to Anti-Snuffles, the zombie hamster! Or better yet, run!

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002180, JUV019000, JUV018000
Dewey [Fic]
Lexile 670
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 169248
Accelerated Reader® Points 5.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Library Media Connection

“[T]his mild horror adventure story, with its good humor and lack of gore, will definitely appeal to middle grade readers.” —Library Media Connection

Publishers Weekly

“Think Shaun of the Dead for a middle-school crowd.” —Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“The irreverent narrator, short chapters, and brisk pace will appeal to reluctant readers. My Zombie Hamster contains some implied violence, but nothing too graphic, making it the perfect pick for readers who are interested in zombie action, but who are not ready for gore.” —School Library Journal

Author: Havelock McCreely

Havelock McCreely is an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. A self-styled narrator of far-fetched stories, McCreely insists he is a hundred and fifty years old and that he was born in the highlands of Scotland. In 1890 he joined a joined a traveling circus that toured across the plains of Africa. He was 13 at the time. He celebrated the centenary of 1900 in London catching the master criminal Dr Horatio Silverpike and insists he is the true-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and Gandalf the Grey. After catching Silverpike, he headed back to Africa and discovered the true source of the Nile and also the Fountain of Youth. He then traveled across Europe and discovered a race of psychic polar bears. He helped them defeat an invading army of Norse Giants, but was unfortunately wounded in the battle. He moved to America where he lived for a while in the town of Boring, Oregon. Unfortunately, the town didn't live up to its name and he helped foil an alien invasion before finally settling in Goblintown VA. He was rather disappointed by the conspicuous lack of goblins so moved again. He currently lives in New York and spends his time writing his far-fetched tales.