why you need to bring your spatula to SCBWI

Are you going to SCBWI?

Are you packing a spatula?

This weekend, at SCBWI’s Summer Conference, there is going to be some EPIC ZOMBIE TAG happening, and you need a spatula to participate. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You obviously don’t follow Hannah Moskowitz. She recently sold her first MG novel, ZOMBIE TAG, to Roaring Brook Press, and a key part of this book is a game called—are you keeping up here?—zombie tag.

Which all the cool kids will be playing at SCBWI. I don’t have details, but I know it’s going to happen. And you want to be there.

So bring your spatula and stay tuned. It’s going to be AMAZING.

Hannah outlines the rules of zombie tag in this post, but here are some of the basics:

For the best game of Zombie Tag, you need somewhere between 8 and 15 people. More or less can work, depending on the size of the house. Wil, the main character in Zombie Tag, plays with closer to 6 people, because his parents would never let eight kids in their house at once.

This game is played at night, in the dark.

–Your objective is: If you are a zombie, turn everyone else into a zombie. If you are a human, escape the house.

–If you are the victim of an attempted zombie attack, you have four ways to escape:

1) Fight him off with your spatula. Zombies are terrified of spatulas.

2) Hit him on the top of his head with the flat of your hand (gently, please) which is a zombie paralysis move that will freeze the zombie for ten seconds, allowing you to make an escape.

3) Run. Be warned, however: Zombies possess super speed.

4) Remember your BARRICADE post-it? [you don’t because I cut that part out, go read the full rules] Slap it on a door and hide in a room. The zombie, upon encountering a barricaded door, must bang on it for thirty seconds to break the barricade before he can enter. This should give you time to find the key if it is hidden in this room, at which point you will need to find an alternate route or fight the zombie long enough to sprint to the door. Or, if the key is not in the room, it is enough time for you to call your mother and tell her you love her.

–If you are bitten, you become a zombie. But all is not lost! You now begin hunting the others with your zombie compatriots. And you win if everyone is a zombie at the end.

–If you are a human and you find the key, run like hell towards the front door. If you escape, you win! You are now the only hope for humanity.

You know you want to be there. See you in LA!


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