Author(s): Jaco Jacobs; Kobus Geldenhuys (Translator)
Martin's life changes the day his dad is killed in a car accident. No one talks about it, his mum refuses to leave the house, and his only consolation through the sleepless nights is solving difficult maths problems. Until he forms an unlikely friendship with his neighbour Vusi who dreams of making a zombie movie. The two are plunged head first into a wild adventure, pulling everyone they know along with them. Shortlisted for the Found in Translation award, it has also since been made into a popular film in Afrikaans.
Who would have thought that the death of a chicken (named Kathleen) would ultimately bring about a close friendship between two very different boys, and then the rather scary girl Chris who joins in the movie-making with critique and with her brother's storage shed.
This excellent book is both funny and heart-warming. Top marks for an engaging read. - Kathleen @ The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop, 2019.