To celebrate Monster Book Week …

… check out these books.

The Fear is the third book in Charlie Higson’s series about zombies in London. You’ll find information on the first two books in the series – The Enemy and The Dead – on the Books for Boys page. The series continues next year (2012) with The Sacrifice. Be warned, many of your favourite characters do not survive.

The Undead by Kirsty McKay is set in Scotland. New girl Bobby is on a school ski trip to Aviemore. She’s already convinced that it’s the school trip from Hell (except that it’s freezing cold) even before everyone who gets off the bus at the roadside cafe turns into a zombie. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bobby and the few other survivors (including bad boy Smitty) are trapped by the falling snow and blocked roads.

The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago isn’t really about zombies at all – at least not slow, dim-witted ones. When Will Rutter suddenly discovers that his next-door neighbour, his maths teacher and the assistant principal of his school are all walking corpses and no-one else seems to have noticed, he is forced to run for his life.

He is taken to a secret location where he meets the Undertakers, a group of children who, like him, are able to See the Corpses in their true form. The Undertakers are the first and only line of defence against the ever-growing army of Corpses who, unlike zombies, are clever and cunning and cannot be easily defeated. If you cut off the head of a Corpse or even chop off its arms and legs, it simply transfers to the nearest dead body.

Unfortunately for Will, the Corpses are especially interested in getting their dead hands on him.

If you prefer ghosts to zombies, then The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade may be just what you’re looking for. The story is told by cheerleader Alona Dare who was killed by the school bus, and Will Kinnian who can see, hear and even touch ghosts but spends most of his time ignoring them in the hope that they will leave him alone. 

Alona is used to getting her own way and isn’t going to let a little thing like being dead stand in her way.  

Desires of the Dead is the sequel to The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Violet is drawn towards the bodies of murder victims. Each victim and their murder share the same signature – a sound, smell, aura – and Violet is drawn to them.

Violet has always thought she should keep her gift a secret but when she helps the police find the body of a kidnapped boy, she fears that she will be unable to hide what she can do for much longer.

 

 

 

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