Zombie Blondes [NOOK Book]

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From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately...

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Overview


From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Despite its surface resemblance to satires like Daniel Waters's recent Generation Dead(reviewed Apr. 21), James's (Pure Sunshine) zombie novel plays its horror theme for chills, not laughs. Over the past six years, Hannah has gotten used to abrupt moves with her single father, a former cop who now stays barely a step ahead of the debt collectors. But when the two take up residence in tiny Maplecrest, Vt., Hannah soon realizes something isn't right. A clan of too-perfect blonde cheerleaders runs the high school, where the football team is known as the Death Squad. An outcast warns Hannah of the cheerleaders' malevolence, and predicts, correctly, that they will court Hannah. Finding the promise of instant status too potent to resist forever, she eventually joins their team, only to learn the town's deadly secret. James does a wonderfully authentic job depicting the love-hate feelings Hannah has for her father, and Hannah's smart narrative voice largely compensates for the lack of action (the suspense doesn't kick in until the finale); the author is better at portraying the real-life aspects of high school and family dynamics than at sending shivers down the spine. Ages 12-up. (July)

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KLIATT - Myrna Marler
This one is for lovers of stories about zombies, vampires, and witches. In certain scenes, it's strongly reminiscent of the movie, The Night of the Living Dead, where hordes of zombies pursue the one or two last mortals in town in stumbling, nearly comatose fashion. The story ends in fiery destruction, but somehow by the end, the reader knows that zombies will return and the protagonist will eventually wind up either a zombie herself or eaten by one. The novel begins with Hannah Sanders moving with her loser father to yet another small town in search of a place to perch for a while as he begins to find yet another dead-end job. This town is different, however. The cheerleaders and popular girls are all impossibly beautiful, the jocks impossibly handsome, and all the girls' names start with "M." Otherwise, the town seems dead, with boarded-up businesses and empty streets. Normal-looking people tend to come and go quickly and anonymously while the popular girls, after acknowledging Hannah is pretty, first treat her as an enemy, then try to welcome her into their midst. Hannah's first friend, the nerdy Lukas, tries to tell her the town is full of zombies and if she casts her lot with the cheerleaders, she will become one of the undead herself. She, of course, does not believe him, until awful revelations occur at the end. For people who like such stories, the writing is competent enough, though the plot is a tired rerun of outsider girl trying to fit in at a terrible cost, only this time with a supernatural twist. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
VOYA - Jan Chapman
For those readers who have always known that there was something sinister about blonde cheerleaders, this amusing novel gives the reason why-they are zombies. New girl Hannah has recently moved to Maplecrest with her father, just in time to start another year of high school. Hannah is a pro at adapting to new schools, but an unfortunate encounter with one of the cheerleaders on the first day of school has seemingly cast her into the outer darkness of high school society. Her new friend and fellow outcast, Lukas, despises the cheerleaders, intimating darkly that they are not what they seem. Hannah thinks he is just paranoid, especially after a cheerleaders takes Hannah under her wing and begins to groom Hannah to join the squad. Hannah is thrilled that she has achieved ultimate popularity status. She dismisses her unease with the Stepford-like physical appearance of the cheerleaders and their endless demands for her to conform to their rigid standards. Lukas warns her that they are zombies, but she refuses to believe him, until the cheerleaders take her into the gym equipment room for a bleach job and she discovers that Lukas was telling the truth. This enjoyable, light thriller spoofs both cheerleader and zombie stereotypes. On a more serious level, the book is also a cautionary tale that addresses the issue of social conformity and how easy it is to lose one's self in the relentless drive to achieve popularity. Given the huge popularity of "undead" teen novels in the wake of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, this book will undoubtedly have a popular following. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
F. Todd Goodson
Hannah Sanders's father is running from small town to town, trying to escape the mysterious events of his past as a police officer in the city. In each new town, he takes a new job and tries to start a new life, but each time he fails. When the money is almost gone, Hannah comes home from school to find all of her possessions loaded in the car, and she and her father are off once again to a new town. As much as Hannah thinks she knows everything there is to know about starting at a new school, Maplecrest is different. The popular girls in this school are all blonde cheerleaders, and there is something sinister about them. Hannah's new friend in the school, Lukas, warns her about the cheerleaders, but Hannah wants to be popular. Brian James' newest novel is a contemporary re-telling of the familiar zombie tale. Reviewer: F. Todd Goodson
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

It's not easy moving every few months, but after six years, there are some constants upon which 15-year-old Hannah can rely. The small-town cops will always uncover her father's past, the creditors will find them eventually, and the popular girls are always easy to spot. She knows the type: blond, pretty, athletic-the cheerleaders. Maplecrest is no different. They sit at a central table in the lunchroom, so alike they resemble clones. There is something almost inhuman about them, but that doesn't mean Hannah is willing to believe her new lunch-table friend, Lukas, when he says they're zombies. Nor is she willing to pass up the chance to join the cheerleading squad when asked, even as classmates are disappearing and the number of empty houses in town increases. James has created a believable novel about starting over, making friends, bullying, and ostracism, while adding a dash of the supernatural. However, with every part of the book screaming that the cheerleaders are, in fact, zombies, Hannah's continued refusal to see the truth becomes unbelievable. One almost begins to hope that they aren't zombies, and that Lukas is just a crazy kid making Hannah's adjustment that much harder. Though not really suspenseful, readers will still give a rousing cheer to James's take on teenage issues.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Always on the run from bill collectors, Hannah and her single, ex-cop dad relocate again, this time to small-town Maplecrest, Vt. The string of abandoned homes should be their first clue that residents are dying to leave. But as Hannah's father leaves for a two-week messenger assignment, the teenager enters high school, determined finally to fit in. She befriends another loner, Lukas, who reveals that the elite cheerleading squad, an entourage of gorgeous blonds with M-letter names, is actually a pack of bloodthirsty zombies. Although Hannah notices some strange behaviors and disappearances, how can she turn down ringleader Maggie's invitation to cheer for the "Death Squad" and score a football-player boyfriend and instant popularity in the process? While Daniel Waters's recent Generation Dead (2008) is more witty than creepy, this foray into the world of the living dead is suspenseful and downright terrifying, with an ending right out of a classic film. Move over vampires; make way for zombies, as teen readers feast on this latest tale of the undead. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher

“James has created a believable novel about starting over, making friends, bullying, and ostracism, while adding a dash of the supernatural . . . readers will still give a rousing cheer to James’s take on teenage issues.”—School Library Journal

“Narrated by Hannah Sanders, a new kid in a very strange town, Zombie Blondes takes its time making the case that the bitchy teen queens are actually deadly. It's tremendously readable stuff, though: James does a good job showing the allure of popularity even while Hannah tries to stay above it.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429990127
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 537,005
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 263 KB

Meet the Author



Brian James is the author of several notable books including Pure Sunshine and Dirty Liar. He lives in a small town in upstate New York that may or may not be overrun with zombies. He is currently researching the matter . . . very carefully.

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He’s about to walk away but stops. Turns to me and opens his mouth and starts to stutter like he’s not sure if he should say what he wants to. Then finally deciding to go ahead and say it, but refusing to take his eyes off the floor when he does. “It’s just . . . you’re kind of pretty . . . and she might try to turn you into one of them . . . one of her clones,” he says. “I don’t want to see that happen to you, that’s all.”
I tuck my lip under my top teeth.
“Is that supposed to be a compliment?”’ I ask.

“Nope,”’ he says.
“Just a warning.”

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

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    I liked it

    Who doesn't get curious when they see a book called "Zombie Blondes"?<BR/>I liked this book, it really reels you in, you get pissed off at the main character, along with all the other zombie bitches but it keeps you reading.<BR/>Took me about 3 days but the writing was good, the ending kind of sucked but it wasn't horrible, I mean you can't always end a story with sunshine and roses and have everything turn out alright - thats boring. <BR/>I think this is a good book if your looking for a quick read and a weird ass story.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo

    Hannah has just moved with her father to a new town - AGAIN. She doesn't get how her father doesn't understand that he can't run from his problems. Once she gets settled someplace, they seem to get into a financial situation that her father would run away from rather than solve. It never seems to work. Her father promises that Maplecrest is going to be different. Boy, was he ever right - just not in the way he meant. Hannah is used to being the new girl in school. She has made picking out the rulers an art form. At Maplecrest, they are the Cheerleaders, and the Cheerleaders are led by Maggie Turner. With her pale skin, glowing blonde hair, and brilliant blue eyes, Hannah can see why she attracts so much attention. Lukas approaches Hannah at lunch on her first day. He comes to warn her. He doesn't want her to get pulled into the popular crowd. The popular crowd, he warns her, are flesh-eating zombies who are slowly killing off the people in town. Hannah's mind immediately flashes to all the "For Sale" signs she saw in the yards of the homes she and her father passed on their way into town. But zombies? There was no way she was going to believe that. She could clearly see by the comic books Lukas carried with him that he was letting his imagination get carried away. While glad to have a friend at school, she didn't like him talking about zombies and quickly put it out of her mind as crazy talk. When the Cheerleaders approach Hannah, she is both excited and nervous. Can she make the cut and win a spot on the squad? What will she have to do to be accepted by the girls? Brian James has written an exciting horror novel set in an everyday teen setting - high school. What could be more horrifying?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Well..

    Before I start off I just want to say it was a good book. The book has a great plot or the idea of the book was great but I just didn't like how it was written. Or more like I didn't like how it was set up. It took till the end of the book to finally get to the point and the ending was imcomplete for me. I felt the author could have given us more.. I guess other than that its an okay read but for me I would have perferred to borrow the book from a friend if you get what I mean

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    um...

    Ok this book was okay in the beginning! I started to like it but when i was reaching the end and when i read the end well it was horrible. The book needed a happy ending or a certain person died for no reason. It was a horrible ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Worst read in a while

    I have been waiting for this book to come out after reading its somewhat promising review and plot. However I was, to say the least, terribly dissapointed.The action of it was focused towards the end and the rest was just mild descriptions. I did not care for this book at all and I seriously would not recommend this to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Blah...

    I just didn't like, it was okay at first, but the ending lacked a little.. over all I just found it disappointing...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Review for Zombie Blondes!!

    I just started this book yesterday, and I love the detail and how it started off.. I just want to keep on reading. This book is recommended..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Zombie blonds

    Its a very different book it keeps me going to read it.but the main charater can be rude but in a good way that makes you smile

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Amazing

    This is truely a really good book and i loved it from the start. However i was hoping for a better ending. But still a really fantastic book that is so good it still gets 5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    :) :) :) :) :)

    Sounds cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Pretty Good :)

    I thought this book was pretty good. Some parts were really good and some were kind of wierd. The beginning was slow, but then it got pretty interesting and I sped through. I thought the ending was twilight zone-ish and it got me to think. I also might have been prepared because I read reviews on here. I think it was definately worth reading though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    A nice read on a rainy day...

    Saw the book in a book fair and was immedietly in love with the futuristic effect of the cover and read a very short sample. While reading I learned about the topic - zombies. I wasn't very impressed with the writing but I said, "What the hay!" I was bored and wanted to just read so I got it. My opinion is that it should of been a series of about 3 books. The ending was bad, like it was rushed but all in all a book to stack on my shelves to remind me that all books aren't perfect but instead have their moments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Wow

    So long story short great book sadily a TERRABLE ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Loved it

    So sad though

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    fun read, disappointing ending

    It was a very easy read and an entertaining insight into a HS girls life. Then again, the plot feels like a rollorcoaster ride where you can't decide what is real and what is imagination/exageration until the very end. I liked it overall and the ending setup was nice but it felt like it didnt have any real closure and left me unsatisfied. The ending might be open to interpretation but to me it felt like an R.L. Stine ending where the obvious good ending turns into a "oh deceived at last second, ha" type of ending...but it isnt as conclusive as Stine...

    I would recommend for a read but i wouldn't be surprised if this never becomes a classic...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

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    Unamazing.

    This book was actually really good, it had a nice storyline. Except, the main character really pissed me off, which is the reason I didn't give this book a very high rating. The main character, Hannah, refused to look at reality and she was kind of stupid.

    This book was enjoyable though. It was a nice, quick read. Also, it had a pretty bad ending, but I kind of liked it because it shows that not everything has a happy ending. It did leave me with a question though, how did the vampires start?

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    zomg zombies D:

    The book was so friggin aswsome.I think this is my favorite book by this author :D.I loved the main character and the story.The ending kinda freaked me out though LOL.ZOMG ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Not worth it.

    Okay, okay. I'm probably giving it less credit then it deserves, but this book was just weird. Some parts were good, some were just strange.
    But it did suck me in. But I though it would be a little bit better than it was.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    An okay read

    This was an alright book, but not the best I have ever read. I did enjosy reading about zombies, but at the end of the book it left me wanting to know how the zombies started, etc. I wouldn't be suprised if there will be a sequel and I would probably read it. I did like the way the author writes.

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