Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly

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by Susan Dennard
     
 

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There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are

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There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This novel is a cool mixture of Victorian mystery/romance and zombie story. It makes for a sort of steampunk feel. It has suspense and is a mystery in the lightest sense of the word but the fun is in its blending of genres with the cosseted elite mixing with the zombie hordes. Eleanor Fitt is in a troublesome spot. Her brother is missing, her mother refuses to acknowledge the sorry state of their finances and is trying to marry her off to the highest bidder, and the dead are walking. She goes to the Spirit-Hunters determined to find out what really happened to her brother. Instead of answers she finds more questions: Why are the Spirit-Hunters here? Are they causing the trouble with the dead, or are they simply patsies? And, more importantly, why is everyone associated with her brother dying in such a dramatic way? Eleanor is strong willed and inquiring, and the situations mirror the Victorian sensibilities well. Give this novel to anyone who likes a light zombie story with a pinch of romance.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Publishers Weekly
In Victorian-era Philadelphia, 16-year-old Eleanor Fitt worries more about “hungry and dangerous” reanimated corpses than about parasols and corsets. In this first book in a trilogy, debut author Dennard deftly weaves together a vast plot involving social status, spirits, zombies, necromancy, romance, and pseudoscience. Eleanor’s brother, Elijah, never returns home from New York City, instead sending a cryptic letter ripe for deciphering. As the dead rise and acquaintances are murdered, Eleanor fears for Elijah’s life. Looking for answers, she sneaks off to find the Spirit-Hunters, a group of eccentric teenagers, at the 1876 International Centennial Exhibition. Meanwhile, Eleanor’s mother is trying to marry her off to wealthy and connected Clarence Wilcox, but feisty Eleanor can’t shake her nagging feelings about him—or about a ragtag Spirit-Hunter genius named Daniel. In a swirling, rib-tickling story, Eleanor displays both good sense and the bravery to fight evil and remain free from the tyranny of high society. Blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery, Dennard creates a roaring—and addictive—gothic world. Ages 13–up. Agent: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Aug.)
Shelf Awareness
From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.

bookseller at Mysteries on Mainstreet Melissa
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read.
Marie Lu
Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange and Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed The Clockwork Angel, you’ll love this. Fantastical fun.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
Melissa - Mysteries on Mainstreet
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read.
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Eleanor Fitt is a struggling teenager growing up in nineteenth century Philadelphia. She lives with her mother since a political struggle has caused her father's early death, and her family's monetary and social demise. Her brother, Elijah, is missing and when a note from him is delivered to her at the train station her life takes on a drastic turn of events. Why? Because the note is carried by a zombie. Philadelphia is being besieged by the "Dead" and Eleanor fears for her brother as well as for everyone she knows and loves. Instead of hiding behind her tender femininity and allowing her mother to marry her off to the handsome and wealthy Clarence Wilcox, she searches out the Spirit-Hunters where she learns the fine art and science of zombie killing directly from the city's hired "supernatural force" protectors. Secrets surround Eleanor as she fights alongside Daniel, a strong willed, sarcastic Spirit-Hunter, but nothing will stop her in her search for her brother and the ultimate zombie eradication. Not even the ill-timed "feelings" that she is developing for Daniel. A spirited, period piece that ties together a woman's place during the Victorian era with the adventures that only a zombie tale can bring. Dennard writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style with strong characters that leave you rooting for Eleanor and wishing that you could be there cracking zombie kneecaps right beside her. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
A necromancer has taken control of the Dead in late nineteenth-century Philadelphia, and Eleanor Fitt finds herself in the midst of the macabre uprising. Since the death of her father, her family's standing has diminished to the point that her mother is seeking to marry Eleanor off to any available suitor, much to her dismay. Her beloved and much-missed brother, Elijah, has been traveling the globe researching arcane arts for several years. One of the Dead delivers a note from her brother, leading her to fear that Elijah has fallen under the control of the necromancer. Eleanor seeks help from a ragtag group of Spirit-Hunters hired to protect the city from the ravages of the Dead. As Eleanor delves deeper into the Spirit-Hunters, the necromancer, and the Dead, she finds that even those closest to her may not be innocent. This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. It will likely generate a substantial fan base for the second book in the series, which is due to be published in the summer of 2013. While some readers may find the constant, detailed mentions of the discomfort of period fashions repetitive (corsets and parasols abound), the plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance. The protagonist is a strong young female who refuses to be dismissed and used as a pawn by her family or those around her. The mix of zombies and steampunk themes will appeal to fans of both genres. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
Kirkus Reviews
Zombies strike the 1876 Philadelphia World's Fair. Eleanor Fitt--of the Philadelphia Fitts--wants nothing more than for her brother to return from his three-year odyssey abroad. She and her dear Mama have just about run out of funds, and she misses Elijah terribly. So when a shambling Dead gives her a note from him telling her he's been detained, she is mightily distressed. The next day, the determined teen is off for some help from the Spirit-Hunters who have set up shop at the International Centennial Exhibition. Once readers accept Eleanor's casual response to the animated corpses--she recovers awfully quickly from her initial close encounter--they are in for an enjoyably breathless, if slightly disgusting romp. Her can-do attitude finds her at one point systematically disabling a throng of zombies by smashing their kneecaps with her parasol. Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers. The romance is less a triangle than a straight line, as readers will instantly spot Eleanor's best match, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Two of the Spirit-Hunters, the Creole magician at its head and a de-sexed Chinese girl who disguises herself as a boy, are more stereotypes than fully realized characters, but there is room for them to grow in the sequel. Readers who can look past the gloomily generic paranormal cover will find themselves pleasantly occupied. (Paranormal historical fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062083289
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Series:
Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
90,153
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Marie Lu

Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange and Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed The Clockwork Angel, you’ll love this. Fantastical fun.

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