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Zombies of the Science Fair

Illustrated by Glen Mullaly

About The Book

Pleskit and Tim’s last-minute project for the science fair leads to disaster in this fifth book in the hilarious, fast-paced, and accessible sci-fi series Sixth-Grade Alien from the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework, Bruce Coville.

It’s science fair time again, and Tim Tomkins is in trouble. It’s only two days until the big event, and he hasn’t finished his project! In fact, he hasn’t even started it.

Given Tim’s track record with homework, this is no big surprise. But this year Tim has a new resource—his alien best friend, Pleskit Meenom! Surely with his super science Pleskit can help Tim come up with a knockout project for the science fair.

Pleskit makes his own science project out of helping Tim, but his solution turns out to have side effects that not even an alien could have expected! Soon Pleskit is left desperately trying to answer the question, “What do you do when you’ve just amputated your best friend’s personality?”


Chapter 1: A Letter Home

FROM: Pleskit Meenom, on the continually puzzling Planet Earth

TO: Maktel Geebrit, on the too distant and deeply longed for Planet Hevi-Hevi

Dear Maktel:

Well, I have caused another uproar here on Earth.

I suspect that this will come as no surprise to you. I guess I’m not surprised myself. But I can’t understand it. It’s not as if I’m trying to cause trouble. It just seems to follow me around.

I ask you—who could have guessed that a simple project like trying to enhance Tim’s brainpower could have turned into the kind of catastrophe I’m about to explain to you?

I’ve written down the series of events. As usual, Tim helped. I am also including some transmissions written by the being who was one of the reasons so much went wrong with my science fair project. These were retrieved by members of the Trading Patrol after the unfortunate events I am about to describe were all over. If we had been able to get them earlier, it might have saved a great deal of trouble.

There’s even a chapter from Linnsy, for reasons you will understand later.

I hope your life is calmer and more quiet than mine.

Are you ever going to come to visit?

The Fatherly One sends his regards.

I send this story.

Fremmix Bleeblom!

Your pal,


About The Author

Photo Credit:

Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine. Visit him at

About The Illustrator

Award-winning illustrator Glen Mullaly’s retro-styled illustrations and comics-inspired fun can be found in bestselling author Bruce Coville’s Sixth Grade Alien middle grade series, puzzle and paper-craft work for McDonald’s, publications for Dark Horse Comics, and his own line of fun greeting cards through Northwest Greetings. Glen also worked with Eisner and Inkpot Award–winning comic book artist Ken Steacy on Star Wars children’s books. Glen lives on the west coast of North America with his book-loving wife and their spiral-tailed cat who loves to help Glen with his work by leaving paw prints all over his illustrations whenever she can. Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 6, 2020)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534468047
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ S These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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