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Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home: A Graphic Novel

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Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie! Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are rivals on the baseball field, each pitching for a different little league team. Gina is a sports whiz and the star of her crack team, while Stacy's Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie! Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are rivals on the baseball field, each pitching for a different little league team. Gina is a sports whiz and the star of her crack team, while Stacy's band of misfits hasn't won a game all season. The battling sisters also happen to be the youngest in a long line of local witches. So when Gina's magic spins out of control and her spell accidentally raises a zombie, the girls have to set aside their differences and figure out how to make everything going wrong, go right. And Stacy's team of misfits--Billy, Sanchez, Levi, Beans, Paddy, Killroy, Gomez, and Boots--must band together to save the day!


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Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie! Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are rivals on the baseball field, each pitching for a different little league team. Gina is a sports whiz and the star of her crack team, while Stacy's Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie! Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are rivals on the baseball field, each pitching for a different little league team. Gina is a sports whiz and the star of her crack team, while Stacy's band of misfits hasn't won a game all season. The battling sisters also happen to be the youngest in a long line of local witches. So when Gina's magic spins out of control and her spell accidentally raises a zombie, the girls have to set aside their differences and figure out how to make everything going wrong, go right. And Stacy's team of misfits--Billy, Sanchez, Levi, Beans, Paddy, Killroy, Gomez, and Boots--must band together to save the day!

30 review for Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Little league baseball and a zombie - (!/?) But it really does work! Great 'team trial' book that teaches many lessons that are applicable in life and play! Little league baseball and a zombie - (!/?) But it really does work! Great 'team trial' book that teaches many lessons that are applicable in life and play!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was not for me. I didn’t like the art or the type. And the whole zombie witch baseball team wasn’t my cup of tea.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I have to confess that I would never have thought of combining a story about family and competition with the elements of baseball and zombies. But it works well here and makes me wonder if the author plans a second installment of this story. As often happens with families, two sisters are at odds and think they have nothing in common. Each one suspects that the other sister doesn't like her, which is, of course, not the case. Stacy and Gina Cavallaro both love to play baseball, but Gina is much I have to confess that I would never have thought of combining a story about family and competition with the elements of baseball and zombies. But it works well here and makes me wonder if the author plans a second installment of this story. As often happens with families, two sisters are at odds and think they have nothing in common. Each one suspects that the other sister doesn't like her, which is, of course, not the case. Stacy and Gina Cavallaro both love to play baseball, but Gina is much more talented. In fact, Stacy's team has struggled all season, not even winning a single game. When their conflict prompts Gina to delve into the dark arts, her magic and Stacy's movement on the ball field awake a zombie. The girls come from a long line of witches, but they haven't been trained yet. The scenes with the zombie are frightening at first, but once the sisters and Stacy's teammates band together to figure out how to handle the zombie, things turn out okay. Although she makes only brief appearances, I loved their grandmother, and I got a kick out of all of Stacy's odd teammates. In the end, readers will realize that sisters really are forever, on and off the ball field. This graphic novel features a relatable story with an original plot and colorful, action-filled panels. Readers in fifth grade and up are likely to enjoy it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse, 249 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2019. $13 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Two sisters are on different baseball teams and the rivalry is fierce. They also happen to be the grand-daughters of a witch. When one sister puts a potion in the other sister’s glove, a zombie appears, followed by a ghost, and they must work together to control the chaos they have Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse, 249 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2019. $13 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Two sisters are on different baseball teams and the rivalry is fierce. They also happen to be the grand-daughters of a witch. When one sister puts a potion in the other sister’s glove, a zombie appears, followed by a ghost, and they must work together to control the chaos they have unleashed. I think younger readers will enjoy this graphic novel, even though they will have to just go with the plot and not ask too many questions (why did the potion just bring one zombie and how do you have a potion that casts a spell, etc.). I think the only questionable part was when one of the sisters was possessed by the ghost in order to find the body it belonged in. Possessions are pretty creepy and this might be too much for some readers. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marley Coleman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this book was very fun. It is about a team who's field got flooded so went to a abandoned space to practice. And one players family is a witch and one of her sisters which is a witch cursed her baseball glove and when she dropped her glove a zombie came out the ground but the zombie was good and helped them get better. And the zombie saved one of the players little cousin. Thats the part I really liked. I thought this book was very fun. It is about a team who's field got flooded so went to a abandoned space to practice. And one players family is a witch and one of her sisters which is a witch cursed her baseball glove and when she dropped her glove a zombie came out the ground but the zombie was good and helped them get better. And the zombie saved one of the players little cousin. Thats the part I really liked.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jene

    The Cavallaro sisters are rivals, both on and off the baseball field. The twelve-year-olds are pitchers on their own teams, but Gina is just so good, how can she be such a good pitcher? Stacy is more than a little jealous, and she just wants her sister to like her. And for her team, the Rooks, to actually win a game or two. Gina, on the other hand, doesn't know how to handle her sister's jealousy. Oh, and Gramma is a witch. Everyone in town knows it, and yet, they don't seem to mind it. I guess The Cavallaro sisters are rivals, both on and off the baseball field. The twelve-year-olds are pitchers on their own teams, but Gina is just so good, how can she be such a good pitcher? Stacy is more than a little jealous, and she just wants her sister to like her. And for her team, the Rooks, to actually win a game or two. Gina, on the other hand, doesn't know how to handle her sister's jealousy. Oh, and Gramma is a witch. Everyone in town knows it, and yet, they don't seem to mind it. I guess it's because Gramma's magic is good. But when Stacy and Gina start messing with the magic, weird things start happening. Mainly, a zombie shows up in the middle of Rooks practice. And, wonder of wonders, this losing team starts playing a lot better when they are battling a zombie. Like Beans says, "Nothing makes you run faster than a dead guy on your butt." Not gonna lie, I just had to reread this one, like, immediately. There is just something wonderful about teams with great characters, and the Rooks are one of those kinds of teams. Each kid on that team has a unique character, with absolutely hilarious funny quips, and a heart of gold. You can't NOT cheer on the Rooks as they get better and better - and as the Cavallaro sisters work together and grow closer while saving a poltergeist and a zombie. Trust me, this is a great book! Goodreads seems to think this is going to be a series, and I am all down for that! The art style is what I would call the "classic comic book" look. Basically, it doesn't look cartoon-y, but the style rather looks more adult-ish, which is cool. Recommended for: middle grade Red flags: none Rating: 5/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    A great story of baseball, sisters, witchcraft, and zombies. What more could you want?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Licht

    I did not think I was going to like this one I read for BEST but oh my gosh I loved this so much! Such a fun one!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    @KidLitExchange #partner Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse which is set to be released June 25, 2019. This is novel about sisters, rivalry, baseball, zombies, and witches. Stacy and Gina are twins who play on opposing baseball teams; Stacy plays for the Rooks while Gina plays for the Knights. They also happen to be the granddaughters of a witch and will inherit their powers and be taught the ways of a w @KidLitExchange #partner Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse which is set to be released June 25, 2019. This is novel about sisters, rivalry, baseball, zombies, and witches. Stacy and Gina are twins who play on opposing baseball teams; Stacy plays for the Rooks while Gina plays for the Knights. They also happen to be the granddaughters of a witch and will inherit their powers and be taught the ways of a witch when they turn sixteen. Gina is a natural athlete and her team excels while Stacy's team has lost every game this season. They're so bad, most of the players believe they're cursed. Following a fight, Gina borrows Stacy's mitt and coats it in one of her grandmother's magical ingredients: corpse breath. By doing this, she unknowingly releases an actual curse on Stacy's team. When Stacy drops her mitt, a zombie breaks through the ground where it landed. In order to break the curse and set everything right, the two sisters will have to set aside their differences. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and found it to be an engaging and quick read. Normally when one thinks of baseball or zombies, one assumes the main character will be male, so I was excited to discover that this book had two strong female main characters. This book is full of humor with puns and witty quips. The sibling rivalry is real and something that many readers can relate to. I also liked that this wasn't the traditional zombie story in that the zombie wasn't out to eat their brains and it wasn't full of violence. This was a very cool and interesting concept and I think my students will really enjoy this novel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I thought, riven the title, it would be super cheesy but it wasn’t. It was really well-written, funny, and fun. As a baseball fan I enjoyed the baseball facts in the back of the book. I really liked the artwork as well. I look forward to reading more in this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Cooksey

    A fun but ultimately light story by one of my favorite comic creators. Morse's strength in conveying motion is in full force here, and the kids feel real in a Sandlot sort of way. A fun but ultimately light story by one of my favorite comic creators. Morse's strength in conveying motion is in full force here, and the kids feel real in a Sandlot sort of way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madalene

    A variety of oddball elements but a good story about sibling rivalry at heart. Carries with it the sense of non-stop commentary you might expect from a group of sweet but hyper 11 year olds.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi... Gina and Stacy are twins who play for rival baseball teams. This flows off the field into intense and sometimes unfriendly competition. The two live with their grandmother, who is also a witch. After the competition becomes a little too fierce, the two break into their grandmother's spell-casting stash and chaos ensues- beginning with a zombie coming out of the ground during Stacy's team's practice. Stacy's team had been having a ro See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi... Gina and Stacy are twins who play for rival baseball teams. This flows off the field into intense and sometimes unfriendly competition. The two live with their grandmother, who is also a witch. After the competition becomes a little too fierce, the two break into their grandmother's spell-casting stash and chaos ensues- beginning with a zombie coming out of the ground during Stacy's team's practice. Stacy's team had been having a rough losing streak, but the zombie may just be what they need to whip the team into shape. As the two girls try to resolve their magical problems, they reconnect over their sisterly connection and ultimately love for each other. What I loved: The illustrations in this graphic novel are great, and the dialogue bubbles are easy to follow. This is a good choice for reluctant readers. While the topic matter might seem scary, this is not your typical zombie (no brain eating- just baseballs). The book holds a lot of comedy as the kids realize they have an adult who will do what they want and try to take advantage. The ultimate message is one of family love and the strength of working together vs. against each other. Final verdict: A solid story with great pacing and pictures makes this a middle grade graphic novel worth picking up. With ultimately good messaging, magic, and zombies combined with a hand of the comedic, this book is sure to appeal to even reluctant readers. Please note that I received a review copy. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Griffith

    A graphic novel with baseball, magic, and zombies?! Sign. 👏🏼 Me. 👏🏼 Up.👏🏼⁣ ⁣ Y’all this graphic novel is something special. Usually graphic novels get a lot of lame-o comments about them from adults like, “that’s not real literature” OR “I don’t want my older kids reading a picture book”. BUT YOU GUYS!!!!! Don’t dismiss these wonderful works of literature! Graphic novels are just as important in developing reading skills as chapter books. When reading graphic novels you’re using decoding skills by A graphic novel with baseball, magic, and zombies?! Sign. 👏🏼 Me. 👏🏼 Up.👏🏼⁣ ⁣ Y’all this graphic novel is something special. Usually graphic novels get a lot of lame-o comments about them from adults like, “that’s not real literature” OR “I don’t want my older kids reading a picture book”. BUT YOU GUYS!!!!! Don’t dismiss these wonderful works of literature! Graphic novels are just as important in developing reading skills as chapter books. When reading graphic novels you’re using decoding skills by grasping at a story through both text and pictures. I know that when I read a graphic novel I am immersed into a whole new experience. I more so feel like I’m a part of the book than when reading a chapter book. DONT KNOCK EM’ UNTIL YOU’VE TRIES EM’.⁣ ⁣ This book kept me chuckling the whole way through with characters that definitely will be voted as class clown in their senior yearbook. This book brought back memories of watching the Sandlot as a child and I am so fond of that movie. I love magic. I love baseball. I love graphic novels. And I LOVED this book. 🧟‍♂️ ⚾️ 🤘🏼⁣

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    There are some things here that warrant a lower rating. I think that the plot takes awhile to get into. The first part of the book is a play by play at a baseball game, and that may turn some readers off. The font used here was a bit difficult to read, and the way the book uses a different bubble for (what feels like) every sentence made it difficult for me to follow along. There is also a large cast of characters, which means that almost every character feels like a caricature rather than a fle There are some things here that warrant a lower rating. I think that the plot takes awhile to get into. The first part of the book is a play by play at a baseball game, and that may turn some readers off. The font used here was a bit difficult to read, and the way the book uses a different bubble for (what feels like) every sentence made it difficult for me to follow along. There is also a large cast of characters, which means that almost every character feels like a caricature rather than a fleshed out person. However, there were some good things here as well. Once you get into the zombie part, the plot really picks up and there becomes more plot elements which will appeal to a wider reader. The witch subplot was very well done (who doesn't love two girls finding out they're actually witches?). The ensemble cast caused some hilarious dialog (which made me laugh out loud TWICE to the chagrin of my husband.

  16. 5 out of 5

    RedPoppyReading

    “Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home,” by Scot Morse, is a tale of baseball, sister rivalry, witches and zombies! Sisters Stacy and Gina play on two different baseball teams and are rivals both on and off the field. They take their rivalry to a whole new level when they start using grandma’s magic and their amateur witch skills to cause trouble for each other. When they raise a zombie out of the ground and a poltergeist is chasing them through town they have to work together. This is a fun and unexpe “Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home,” by Scot Morse, is a tale of baseball, sister rivalry, witches and zombies! Sisters Stacy and Gina play on two different baseball teams and are rivals both on and off the field. They take their rivalry to a whole new level when they start using grandma’s magic and their amateur witch skills to cause trouble for each other. When they raise a zombie out of the ground and a poltergeist is chasing them through town they have to work together. This is a fun and unexpected #middlegrade #graphicnovel that felt a little like The Goonies to me. For readers age 8-12; look for this book when it hits shelves on June 25, 2019. Thanks to @scholasticinc for sharing a review copy with #kidlitexchange and thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz, SLMS, Teacher Librarian, MLS

    As the cover promises, this is a humorous baseball story, comparable to the movie The Sandlot if you add witches, ghosts, and zombies. Feuding sisters play on separate and competitive baseball teams. When they start dabbling with their grandmother’s witchcraft tools, things get messy and supernatural, but the co-ed teams pitch in to help the sisters, and ultimately, the zombie and ghost, too. This is a sure-thing for tween graphic novel and sports fans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Twin sisters who play baseball, one on a winning team and the other on a losing team, don’t get along. Oh, and they also are descendants of a witch family, when Gina put a spell on her sister Stacy’s glove, bringing a zombie out of the ground, a whole new pot of trouble brews. Will they be able to avoid being eaten by the zombie?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edna Moore

    This rating is a combination of my son's thoughts and mine. We read this book together. He loved it...a graphic novel with zombies and baseball. For me it was okay. It's not the type of book I would read but we have a tradition of him picking out a book we read together. The illustrations are really well done. The story was nice. This rating is a combination of my son's thoughts and mine. We read this book together. He loved it...a graphic novel with zombies and baseball. For me it was okay. It's not the type of book I would read but we have a tradition of him picking out a book we read together. The illustrations are really well done. The story was nice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Glatt

    This quick-read graphic novel combines baseball and the undead in a unique way. Fans of The Magic Pickle will enjoy Morse's signature art style. The book manages to be exciting with equal parts funny and gross. This quick-read graphic novel combines baseball and the undead in a unique way. Fans of The Magic Pickle will enjoy Morse's signature art style. The book manages to be exciting with equal parts funny and gross.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Identical twins Stacy and Gina are on opposing baseball teams, but are also budding witches. Although always at odds with one another they have to work as a team when a spell goes awry, and summons a zombie, it's up to the both of them to set things right. Identical twins Stacy and Gina are on opposing baseball teams, but are also budding witches. Although always at odds with one another they have to work as a team when a spell goes awry, and summons a zombie, it's up to the both of them to set things right.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mouse

    Zombies! Baseball! Witches! Kids! It’s like The Sandlot and Goonies mashed up. Such a fun book, light hearted, quirky, and full of laughs. The author really got the whole baseball team dynamics down to a tee!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I am not much of a graphic novel person. This one was just okay. However, that being said, several of my library kiddos are reading through it and loving it, lol....so, it must be better than okay for them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Lynn

    This was a really fun graphic novel. Not only did it have ZOMBIES!! It also touches on sister/sibling relationships & teamwork. Lots of humor & a fun adventure with a nice message underlying the story. Fun read overall!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    This was kind of odd. Lots of baseball and lots of magic (spells, curses, etc.). I did like the relationship development between the sisters. The overall story was kind of all over the place. However, I could see a young person who likes magic and baseball being really into this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    D.T. Henderson

    Pretty dumb (in a good way), but I enjoy the childlikeness of the story, just seems like a bunch of kiddies messing around with a paranormal element that works. I didn’t think I would like this story, but it’s charming. I HATE the font tho. 3.5^

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Read with a student. Sweet little story about sisters, magic, baseball and teamwork. And a zombie! But too many characters is my biggest gripe. As I was reading this aloud to a student it was difficult to keep switching between 5 or 6 difficult voices each page.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    ARC from Kidlitcon Finally, another book on zombies and baseball for those who can't get enough of Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi, and who want those topics in a graphic novel format. ARC from Kidlitcon Finally, another book on zombies and baseball for those who can't get enough of Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi, and who want those topics in a graphic novel format.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kit Feral

    2.5. I didn't love the art and the whole thing was kinda messy. It was also pretty cute though. I wanted more magic witchy twinness and less baseball, but that's just where my interests sit. 2.5. I didn't love the art and the whole thing was kinda messy. It was also pretty cute though. I wanted more magic witchy twinness and less baseball, but that's just where my interests sit.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    The Sandlot meets Goosebumps in this sharp, funny, and quick middle-grade graphic novel.

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