Mummy Payne is excited to get her Burpstronauts shipment!
Let the invasion begin! My author copies have arrived…
In order to make money, Chris enters a contest where the middle school student who volunteers the most wins a cash prize, and he ends up at the Raven Hill Retirement Home. He soon realizes that everything is a little creepier than he expected; the clientele consists of werewolves, vampires, and zombies. They seem intent on draining his life juices to bolster their own. Chris enlists friends to help him, but they’re soon engaged in a battle with disgusting vermin that are out to consume everything in their path. The middle schoolers and the senior monsters join forces, and wage a campaign involving lots of snot, drool, and puke. The vermin are eliminated, but hints concerning other monster havens ensure further tales. The Fear the Barfitron series features elements popular with tween boys, including clueless adults and a high grossness quotient. An added bonus is that senior citizens-human and otherwise-are portrayed in a gentle and sympathetic manner.
—Kathleen McBroom, Director of Compensatory Education and School Improvement, Dearborn (Michigan) Public Schools
Nabila ignored the jokes and continued, “And this is a brain hook.”
She held up a rusty-looking metal rod with a hook at the end.
“A brain what-now?” asked Gordon.
“This would be used to scramble the brains in the head and then pull them out of the body before it was mummified,” Nabila responded.
“Ew,” said Ben, looking green again.
“Oh, stop it,” she said. “You’ve already blown enough chunks for one day—no more!”
She stared at the brain hook and looked lost for a moment.
“Nabila?” I asked. “Are you okay?”
She brought the hook up to her mouth, extended her tongue, and licked the very top of the hook.
“Uh …” Gordon said.
Nabila flicked her tongue back into her mouth, and her eyes focused again.
“Sorry,” she said. “After eating all those brains on the moon, I didn’t think I’d ever want any more. But I sort of miss the flavor, you know?”