Jane Mckeene is born into a world of terror. Zombies, known as shamblers, have risen from the Civil War battlefields and torn the nation apart even further.
Jane is sent to special combat schools based on a government law known as the Native and Negro Reeducation Act, In the school she learns to dispose of the undead in an efficient manner.
Her and the other students are told that the area around Baltimore is shamble free, but when this turns out to be a lie, Jane and her friend Katherine are plunged into a conspiracy that will take them out west where shamblers aren't the only thing that's rotten.
I only gave this book two stars on Goodreads simply because I felt it was around 100 pages too long. I had such high hopes for it but nothing happens, it seems to be a string of mildly entertaining zombie attacks that are wedged into a huge amount of info dumps that go on for pages. It had a lot of promise in the beginning, but I have to say that the book is really boring which should have been near impossible when writing a book about zombies during the American Civil War.
After Moss Jeffries' father was murdered by the Oakland police department and the crime went unpunished, he suffers anxiety and severe panic attacks.
Six years later, in high school, Moss and his friends discover that an armed policeman roams their halls and subjects them to random locker checks. When metal detectors are installed, Moss and a few of his friends decide to organise a peaceful protest in order to let the faculty know their concerns.
The protest goes horribly wrong and Moss and his new boyfriend Javier find themselves in a hellish situation with no apparent way out. In the aftermath, Moss must confront his fears and stand up for himself and those around him, putting everything he knows at risk.
This novel could very well read like a dystopian thriller to those who don't live in the shadow of a corrupt and
totalitarian system. It's a truly frightening novel with memorable characters and storyline that keeps you hooked from page one. The relationship between Moss and his mother is touching, Moss and Javier are excellent together and playoff each other nicely. As does Moss and his other friends, one of whom has a more privileged background, making her a source of occasional irritation for Moss as he navigates a world of racism and hate.
I can imagine that fans of The Hate U Give will be devouring this powerful story, can't wait to bring it to them at school!
I recommend it for ages 15 and up!
When Danny's parents are arrested for stealing the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London, he's shipped off to live with his evil Aunty Ratbag in the horrible city of Greezy.
Ratbag delights in tormenting Danny by feeding him frozen broccoli soup, forcing him to clean dog poo from her garden and locking him in his room just to name a few.
At school, Danny is taught by Mr. Phlegm, who can't read or write so well and enjoys teaching the children about the benefits of smoking cigarettes.
By chance, Danny meets the local Gravedigger, who appears to be the only sane person in Greezy. The Gravedigger tells Danny a fantastic story about a wild king that still lives in the graveyard. Desperate to escape the clutches of Ratbag, Danny sets off to meet King Bones and is thrust into a quest that will change his life and those around him forever.
Part Twits, part Gangster Granny, King Bones is for fans of dark, grotesque humour. It also has a lot of heart and a whole parade of memorable characters. I really loved King Bones and his soldiers, especially the final quest and battle that Danny joins him on.
If you've got students who want a funny book but tell you they can never find one, this is the one for you!
I recommend it for ages 11 and up!