Title: DEAD JED: ADVENTURES OF A JUNIOR HIGH ZOMBIE
Publication date: December 1, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
ISBN eBook: 978-0-939765-56-7
Author: Scott Craven
Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room (Jed's always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he's back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed's had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it's awesome what you can do when you're already dead!
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
I love how this book was written for starters. It was easy to read and get into. This book was funny and touched on some serious topics, although it wasn't slammed in your face. Bullying is a big concern today with young people, and having worked with young people myself I saw firsthand how easy it seems to be for them to hurt one another. Jed is able to stand his own, with his friends and find himself and who he is, especially with his condition.
A lighthearted book with humor, it was a refreshing take on zombies. I've read several zombie books before but this one was probably the most fun of the all. Even though Jed is a zombie, I think he's very relatable not to just young people but to adult readers as well. Everyone has times in their lives where they don't seem to fit in, but it's how you deal with the situations that help make you who you are.
This is a great middle grade novel! Funny as all get out so make sure to put it on your to-read list!
About the Author:
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.