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Publisher:  Little Five Star a division of Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ) ISBN-10:  1589850726 Type: 


Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9781589850729

Flaming red hair, yellow fangs, dragon-like claws, and nasty bad fiery breath

A new kid was coming to school and everyone knew he must be a frightening, horrible, rotten monster!

The rumors are flying! Bust 'em Up Bill hasn't even shown up yet at his new school and already the other kids are scared to death. With a name like his, why wouldn't they be? They say his breath is so bad it will singe your face if you get too close and if he burps near you, it might even set your hair on fire!

Written by Michael J. Moorehead when he was only seven, The Student from Zombie Island conveys to young readers a subtle yet important message about the dangers of spreading rumors. With a writing style reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, Michael's story is conveyed in a way that will captivate his young readers.

Michael's favorite animal is the polar bear, and his aspiration is to become an environmentalist so he can protect them by stopping global warming. Our money's on Michael. He's already found a way to stop rumors in their tracks.

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"Rumor Resistant" classrooms eligible for prizes!

TEMPE, AZ - Thanks to the efforts of 12-year-old author Michael Moorehead, recent winner of the National 2008 Reader Views "Best Children's Book" and recipient of an Arizona Book Publishing Association 2008 Glyph award for The Student From Zombie Island: Conquering the Rumor Monster, the National Special Events Registry deemed the last full week in September National Stamp Out Rumors Week to "Stop rumors in their tracks, whether they are innocently spread or intentionally started. Learn how untrue rumors can be personally and emotionally hurtful, physically damaging to one's livelihood and can constitute verbal bullying."

To observe Stamp Out Rumors Week, Moorehead urges classrooms around the globe to take the "Rumor Resistant Challenge." Teachers whose classrooms agree to take the challenge receive a free print out of the Zombie Island Curriculum for grades two through four, an abridged PDF version of The Student From Zombie Island to use in the classroom during Stamp Out Rumors Week and 30 bookmarks. Classrooms that successfully complete the challenge are placed in a drawing for either 30 Rumor Resistant wristbands or a Zombie Island DVD that features Michael Moorehead discussing his book and answering the most often asked questions he receives from his fans. Fifty DVDs will be given away.

"Writing a humorous book that addresses rumors and fear was a good way to tackle gossip, but I thought getting a nationally observed week, and fun 'Rumor Resistant Challenge' that offered prizes would create even more awareness of the harm false rumors can do and offer even more motivation for children to stop rumors in their tracks," explains Moorehead.

Complete contest info and participation rules are available at; click on "teachers." The contest runs yearly August through October. Readers can also visit to see a live Web-TV interview with Michael.


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recommend this book to teachers who would like to set a climate of truth in their classroom
5.0 out of 5 stars From Rumor to Truth, July 1, 2009
By M. P. Shelton (Albuquerque, NM) -

Bust 'em up Bill's transfer to a new school has caused a great amount of uproar among the students in whose class he will be a part. The students create rumors about him based on his name. The author of this book is a junior high school student in Phoenix, Arizona. His insight into the problem of gossip is incredible. Many young people would accept rumor as fact but it is clear that the author understands what the implications might be and how they can hurt a newcomer. The book creates a great deal of imagery for the reader. It is illustrated in a creative and captivating manner. I would recommend this book to parents who have children who engage in spreading rumors or whose children tend to accept rumors as truth. I would also recommend this book to teachers who would like to set a climate of truth in their classroom or who find it necessary to deal with this issue in class.

Dynamic presentations at Liberty School
Thank you so much for your dynamic presentations at Liberty School yesterday. You provided living proof of the ripple effect of reading and writing! Thanks again!
Jeanie Reams
Liberty School

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