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BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris


by Carrie Harris

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: July 12th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-385-73968-9
Publisher: Delacorte

A geeky girl gets the guy in this comic romp through a high school infested with zombies.

Kate, who owns underpants printed with “I heart Science,” desperately wants to become a doctor, and she’s the student medical assistant for her school’s perpetually losing football team. She develops dark suspicions when she sees unmarked drug vials in the coach’s office, especially when Coach injects the players with his mystery medication. In short order, Mike, one of the players, apparently dies but lurches to life again and bites a chunk out of Kate’s lip. Harris draws on a wealth of zombie clichés as Kate watches the infection spread rapidly. Worse, the now-zombie coach attacks her even after his foot falls off, and her annoying but loyal little brother shows unmistakable zombie symptoms. But why hasn’t Kate succumbed? Can she find a cure? Meanwhile, Aaron, her secret heartthrob, confesses his love because of her brains (although Mike would like to eat Kate’s brains). But can the mad science teacher derail Kate’s medical-school dreams? And can Kate get the local health department to listen? Throughout, the author keeps the focus on laughs as Kate speeds through car crashes, tries to keep her dog from eating the coach’s foot and chases zombies as she wields syringes like six-shooters.

A hilarious frolic, especially for fans of Shaun of the Dead. (Zombie humor. 12 & up)