Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man
In Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man, Kate's classmates can't wait to be in her next movie...until a cute, know-it-all new boy shows up, who also likes to make films. Kate hopes to impress him with her vast movie-making knowledge. Instead, they become rivals. Kate must battle bullies, friendship dramas, and wardrobe malfunctions to beat out the new boy and finish her epic sci-fi flick. The film wars are on!
"Populating her novel with smart kids navigating tricky social situations, Mata crafts a nifty entertainment for the post–Mean Girls generation....Shining brightest of all is Kate herself...The author perfectly captures a girl who is young, ambitious, smart, but still willing to learn..."
Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens
Kate Walden dreams of becoming a big-time Hollywood director. But finishing her first movie is turning into a big-time nightmare. When Kate’s lead actress and BFF ditches her to hang out with the popular crowd, Kate’s movie seems doomed. Kate writes the perfect revenge script for her former best friend, but a hen hit squad seems to have its own diabolical script to ruin her life. Kate learns that real life is way more complicated than movies, especially when it comes to friends... and chickens.
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“…Zombie Chickens is an original take on friendship between girls and middle-school angst. Fans of Wendy Mass, Sharon Draper, and Rebecca Stead will appreciate this clever and quirky piece of realistic fiction.”
”…Debut author Mata has an unerring ear for tween dialogue, and she conveys Kate’s hurt and anger with presence and clarity, even—and perhaps especially—when she lashes out irrationally. Despite all the drama, there is humor and a great deal of warmth in this clean read.”
”…A novel that is wickedly fun and gently thematic. Kate puts her own spin on bad decisions that many teens face and finds friendships with girls she once ignored. Each of these dilemmas invites readers to consider how they would deal with similar issues in their own lives. Young teens, especially girls, will find Kate an appealing character facing problems much like their own...”