A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

Pages: 176
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Rock the Boat

A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

with glow-in-the-dark cover

Jaco Jacobs

Translated by Kobus Geldenhuys
Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.
9781786074508 (11 Oct 2018)
RRP £7.99 / US$12.95

The Book


Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.


Martin's life changes the day his dad is killed in a car accident.


No one talks about it. His mum refuses to leave the house. His sister is only interested in her boyfriend. And Martin? He spends his afternoons alone with the family chickens - that's why they call him ‘Clucky' - and at night, he solves difficult maths problems in his head to help him fall asleep.


But one day Martin meets a boy called Vusi, who dreams of making a zombie movie. The two are plunged head first into a wild adventure, pulling everyone they know along with them.


Shortlisted for the Found in Translation award, it has also since been made into a popular film in Afrikaans.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 176
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Jaco Jacobs is the most popular and prolific children's book author in Afrikaans. He has published more than 140 books and over a million copies have been sold. Jaco is also a well-known columnist, blogger, freelance journalist and translator. He lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Kobus Geldenhuys is an award-winning translator of children and young adult literature. He has translated many Harry Potter titles into Afrikaans, as well the third book in Cressida Cowell's popular series How To Train Your Dragon.


'A Good Night For Shooting Zombies is a wonderful and exciting story with true emotional depth...a compact and briskly told adventure.'

- Ross Welford, author of Time Travelling with a Hamster

'For the first time in a long while we see the publication of a new Afrikaans book for teens which strikes the perfect balance between excellent language use, a good story and a philosophical flavour that will captivate younger and older readers.'

- Rapport

'This story touched my heart more than any other story has ever done.'

- Lizé Vosloo, the scriptwriter who adapted the book into a movie

'Cancer and death aren't exactly fun subjects. But even though you expect the book to be depressing, it's exactly the opposite.'

- Ingrid Hydenrych in JIP

'Jaco Jacobs undoubtedly has the gift of writing entertaining stories. His characters are believable, and ever so often there's a hint of humour to make the reading experience even more pleasurable.'

- Lona Gericke IBBY South Africa Newsletter

 Praise for A Good Day for Climbing Trees:

'Quirky, charming and very funny, but with a real emotional punch. It is the perfect place to start for someone looking to move on from The Wimpy Kid books.' Anthony McGowan, author of The Donut Diaries

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