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by Brian James

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-312-37298-9
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Always on the run from bill collectors, Hannah and her single, ex-cop dad relocate again, this time to small-town Maplecrest, Vt. The string of abandoned homes should be their first clue that residents are dying to leave. But as Hannah’s father leaves for a two-week messenger assignment, the teenager enters high school, determined finally to fit in. She befriends another loner, Lukas, who reveals that the elite cheerleading squad, an entourage of gorgeous blonds with M-letter names, is actually a pack of bloodthirsty zombies. Although Hannah notices some strange behaviors and disappearances, how can she turn down ringleader Maggie’s invitation to cheer for the “Death Squad” and score a football-player boyfriend and instant popularity in the process? While Daniel Waters’s recent Generation Dead (2008) is more witty than creepy, this foray into the world of the living dead is suspenseful and downright terrifying, with an ending right out of a classic film. Move over vampires; make way for zombies, as teen readers feast on this latest tale of the undead. (Fiction. YA)