Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man. After her huge success with her first feature-length movie, seventh-grader Kate Walden is eager to start on her next film, a sci-fi romance called Bride of Slug Man. When a new kid comes to town from New York City, Kate thinks she might have a new found film buddy-someone to share her interest with. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty cute. But it turns out that Tristan is making his own movie, and now the classmates Kate thought were eager to join her cast and crew are divided.

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This is what I’m reading right now. Not out loud to the children, just for my own personal entertainment, which is something I really need to make more time for…

I just recently finished reading Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens. I can’t say enough good things about that book (although I tried over in my Goodreads review of it). I’ll admit buying that book was a title-and-cover based decision, but it really paid off. It was fundamentally satisfying to watch the heroine respond to perceived bullying by trying to get her own back, and even more deeply satisfying to see her gain the perspective to understand how wrong her revenge plot was, and how the hurtful behaviour of her best friend had been less malicious than she’d thought.

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The world really, truly doesn’t divide up neatly into bullies vs. bullied. Many of us have unintentionally been mean, and almost everyone has been on the receiving end. It’s rare to see a book handle the issue so deftly that you walk away re-examining how your behaviour affects other people, instead of just smugly concluding “bullies are bad” without wondering if you’ve ever accidentally been one…