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Dead Is So Last Year (Dead Is Series #3)

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Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other ...

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Overview

Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Dead Is series

"[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."—Publishers Weekly

"A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."—Mary E. Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles

"[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."—Booklist

"This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"—Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize

"Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers."—Booklist

"Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . . Fun."—Kirkus

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Gr 7 Up

In this follow-up to Dead Is the New Black (2008) and Dead Is a State of Mind (2009, both Harcourt), Daisy Giordano and her sisters have just returned to Nightshade from Italy, leaving their mother behind to work on a mysterious case. All three girls have secured summer jobs. Daisy works the early-morning shift at Slim's, Poppy puts in her time at the Snack Shack, and Rose tediously toils for Dr. Franken at a research lab. The psychic siblings quickly find themselves in the middle of a multi-front mystery between a young and dangerous pack of Werewolves running loose on the streets at night and an invasion of some sweet-toothed doppelgangers whose mission is to wreak havoc and destroy the reputations of the citizens of Nightshade. To complicate things, Daisy's dad has returned to town, and the teens are left on their own to determine if he's the real deal or a "DoppelDad." Perez's latest tale does not disappoint as her upbeat writing consistently rings true throughout. While every plot thread isn't neatly tied up, readers are left with the impression that Nightshade is full of intrigue. Point reluctant readers who devour this title to other quick, supernatural reads like Brian James's Zombie Blondes (Feiwel & Friends, 2008) or Rachel Caine's "Morganville Vampires" series (Signet).-Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152062163
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Series: Dead Is Series , #3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 185,453
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Perez is the author of Dead is the New Black, Love in the Corner Pocket, and Unexpected Development, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her work has been featured in Cosmo and Seventeen magazines and reviewed widely. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and four children. Visit www.marleneperez.com for more info.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

    The Giodano sisters are back from a summer vacation in Italy, and things in Nightshade are as strange as ever when they get back.

    The first thing Daisy wants to do when she gets home is see her boyfriend, Ryan. She has missed him and can't wait to get over to his house. Daisy is disappointed to find out that he is at football practice, but heads over to the school anyway. She is very surprised by what she sees. Ryan has really buffed up in the weeks she's been gone and so, it seems, have most of the other football players.

    Since there are still several weeks left in summer, Daisy decides she should get a job. She notices that Slim's has a "Help Wanted" sign in the window, and with her love of cooking, she feels this would be a perfect fit.

    After leaving work one evening, she notices someone digging in the dumpster in the alley. Strangely, it appears to be her missing father. After other strange appearances in town, the Nightshade City Council comes to the conclusion that Doppelgangers are on the loose, causing havoc in town.

    Daisy and her sisters have to figure out what is going on. Is there something strange causing the football team to get super-strong in such a short time? Who is creating the Doppelgangers? Is Mr. Giodano really back or is he a Doppelganger, too?

    DEAD IS SO LAST YEAR is a fun conclusion to a cute trilogy. Marlene Perez has a knack for writing with user-friendly, non-intimidating language. The only drawback is you definitely need to read the trilogy in order. So, readers, take heed - read DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, then DEAD IS A STATE OF MIND, and finally DEAD IS SO LAST YEAR.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    This is a great, light-hearted and fast-paced YA series of books

    This is a great, light-hearted and fast-paced YA series of books! It is a YA book so you have young dating drama which appeals to that audience. The quirky, enjoyable blend of paranormal, romance, mystery, and light-hearted life experiences is engaging. The main character, Daisy is likable, sassy, and relate-able. I think the characters are well developed and likable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    love this book!!!!

    i love this book because it is mysterious and i got hooked on the first book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Dead is so Last Year review.

    I found this book full of suspence. It had so many twists and turns it always kept me wanting to read. This was a great way to wrap up the Dead Is series. Some of the caracters also become very differnt from the caracters that I read in the first book. This is a truly great book for anybody who likes to read and for people who love supernatual mystries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Amazing!

    You have to read this book! And then the rest of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Nothing like it

    I have read the first two i am syeing to read this one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    My most Favorite!

    I love this series!! This third one was practicly the best! I would recomend this book to anyone. If you like paranormal creatures or anything of that sort, I'm sure you would L-O-V-E this book! I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    dead is so last year

    one of the greatest books i have read. it's easy to understand and keep you intertand. it has romance,action,funieness,and drama. over all this is a very good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Ryan and Daisy really start to kick it off in this supernat

    Ryan and Daisy really start to kick it off in this supernatural drama series. Dead is so Last Year by: Marlene Perez is a great book about supernatural creatures. Could anyone imagine living in a town full of vampires, werewolves, and now doppelgangers? It seems like fun right? I personally love werewolves and vampires, but this book does a pretty good job of giving everyone in nightshade a good reason to get rid of them. I highly recommend this series of books to anyone who loves vampires and werewolves . I would start with the first book though Dead is the New Black by: Marlene Perez. I believe everyone will enjoy reading these books
    Belle P.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Nice pick

    Must read love the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Deedee loved it

    I think that this book is awesome-great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Must read!

    I cant wait to read this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    $&$

    Good bookx

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Kellykelz

    This booj is probably tnebest i would recommend it to everyobe even boys very suspencefull

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Lovee it!(:

    I loved it, it was so exciting!!! But it only makes since if you've read the other three

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Amazing series, bound to make an amazing book.

    The dead is series i have read out of order. Reading whatever one my library has had in stock. I finally bought the rest of the seriers that i havent read. Perez brings nightshade to life. A world of super natural mystery. But that's the way it should be

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Southern

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Best Book Ever!!!! A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

    I loveeeeeeeeeed this book it was sooooooooooo good it is the best in the series i read this book in a day because it is not really long book and i couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    a maz in!

    absolutly my favorite book in the whole series. i wish there was more then for books.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    dead is so last year

    i luv this book its one of the best in this series

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