Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse


Alex and Jessica have little choice but to attend Alex’s mother’s and grandmother’s zumba class. There’s something peculiar going on. Members of the class collapse and then revive. Thereafter their behaviour is bizarre- rubbing themselves against electrical equipment? Son of a biscuit! What is happening?

Though Jess ‘wanders around like a sleep-walking penguin’ and Alex is outdistanced by the old ladies in crop tops (like his nanny), the pair have other things on their mind than dance. Somehow, the weird events at zumba class have something to do with Montgomery McMonaghan, Miss Fortress’s former researcher evil nemesis.

Alex’s super lie detecting and Jess’s ability to talk with animals are the armoury gifted them by Miss Fortress. Yet all is not well with their teacher/ agent. She, like Bob the goldfish, is contemplating the nature of families. While Bob wonders whether he wants one, based on the evidence of living with Alex’s family, Miss Fortress misses hers.

Alex and Jess are firmly connected to Alex’s family for the peculiar events at zumba and an embarrassing doctor’s appointment, require their attention. There’s a world-breaking flash zumba event for which the zumba group is preparing. Somehow the pair have to work through this, keep Mrs Sparrow and Nanny safe, and work out how and why the Cherry Tree Lane residents are threatened. What does an octopus symbol have to do with this? Are Da’Shon’s healthy meals trustworthy?

We can HEAR Alex’s voice, even if, like Jess, we don’t want to most of the time. The storytelling is swift, busy, quick-witted, intelligent and so funny. I have loved reading every one of Jennifer Killick’s novels, from Mo, Lottie and the Junkers to the Alex Sparrow series. ‘Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse’ is the third, yet is stands alone fully and proudly. Son of a biscuit, it’s good!


Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse

Jennifer Killick

(Firefly Press)

It’s ‘Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse”, with a most annoying lead character. How do his parents and little sister cope with him? While we know that Jessica (Jessticles) HAS to work with Alex thanks to Miss Fortress’ application of the duo’s superpowers, why is Dave so tolerant? However this would-be super intelligent, super agent, is frustrating, arrogant, cowardly, intolerable and riveting…
Alex and Jessica attend Mrs Spires’ funeral. Mrs Spires was a member of the same zumba class as Alex’s mother and grandmother. A knocking from within Mrs Spires’ coffin shocks the funeral congregation. What is going on? Could the unthinkable be happening? What will a revived Mrs Spires be like? Why is such a bizarre resurrection repeated with other zumba class members? Alex and Jess smell a McMonaghan plot and are quick to join the class and begin surveillance.
Once again their super powers, from Alex’s lie detecting ears, to Jess’s animal communication, are called into action. Furthermore, there’s dangerous surveillance activity needed by friend Dave, and goldfish Bob. However, Bob’s not so bothered on this occasion, for he and Elle are thinking about families. Bob’s having difficulty reconciling the joy of families from what he sees of Alex’s from within his bespoke bowl.
Bookwagon adores Jennifer Killick’s books. From the Alex Sparrow series to Mo, Lottie and the Junkers, her stories prove warm, immediate, funny, engaging and entirely original. ‘Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse‘, stands alone, despite being the third of the series that started with  Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink


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