They also give out a small number of starred reviews for what they call, "books of remarkable merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus." These are very rare. It's even more rare for a genre book to get one.
This is why I am so excited to announce that Zombie Kid has just been given a starred Kirkus review. I am beyond thrilled. Here's what they had to say.
"Striking the perfect balance between rib-tickling humor and bone-chilling adventure, the first novel in Savage’s new middle-grade series is sure to please young readers looking for a thrill.
Nick, Carter and Angelo, otherwise known by their fellow sixth-graders as the “Three Monsterteers,” are obsessed with the supernatural and all things Halloween. Nick is crushed when he learns that he will miss trick-or-treating with his buddies because he has to travel to New Orleans for his great-aunt’s funeral. But when it turns out that she was a voodoo queen, the trip to Louisiana quite literally changes Nick’s life. Back home in California, Carter and Angelo notice there’s something different about their friend, and all the signs lead them to one conclusion: Nick’s been turned into a zombie. It’s pretty cool to have a zombie as a best friend, but when Nick starts losing body parts and develops a hankering for brains, the three boys set out on a desperate mission to change Nick back before it’s too late. With clever commentary from a mysterious narrator at the start of each chapter, a trio of funny and enormously likable boy protagonists and plenty of creepy encounters to up the ante, Savage hits all the right notes.
It’s hard to imagine that readers (particularly boys) won’t enjoy every minute of hair-raising fun. (Funny horror. 9-14)"
I seriously could not have asked for a better review. The book comes out December 26th, and I can't wait to get it out to all of my readers.