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Zombie Queen of Newbury High

Zombie Queen of Newbury High

4.3 29
by Amanda Ashby

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Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha-cheerleading goddess and miss popularity? who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell


Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha-cheerleading goddess and miss popularity? who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

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VOYA - Jennifer Miskec
When Mia's dream-come-true plans for the prom begin to look questionable, her best friend, Candice, steps in to help. The problem is that Candice's help involves bad magic, a love spell that is not really a love spell. The spell actually is a Viral Zombaticus that begins to turn everyone at the senior class awards ceremony - students and teachers alike - into flesh-eating zombies, including Mia's dreamy prom date, Rob, and Candice. Fortunately the transformation comes in stages, which gives Mia and Chase - the new guy in school who just happens to be a zombie hunter for the Department of Paranormal Containment - a chance to reverse the spell and save the senior class from extermination. Pulling from many of the most clichEd of teen topics - popularity wars, obsessing over a prom date, battling with a sibling - this book might not be the most original of the trendy horror genre, but it still has its charm. Readers are told, for example, that protagonist Mia is an avid Buffy, Angel, and Supernatural fan, which despite being a rather undeveloped trait, works to build a character who probably looks a lot like the ideal reader of this book/genre. This title will probably be well circulated, but it might not be well remembered. Reviewer: Jennifer Miskec
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Mia Everett only wants to go to the prom with hunky Rob Ziggerman and for the first time in her life, it looks as though Mia will get her man—except that Samantha is doing her darnedest to snag Rob for herself. So Mia does what any self respecting teen will do—she goes straight for a love potion. Of course she does not really believe in such things, but her best friend Candice is a bit of hypochondriac and frequents a suspiciously occult shop in an old plaza. It has the right ambiance and the proprietor promises the right results. But the spell begins a series of events that has Mia avoiding friends and hiding out in storage closets with strange newcomer Chase Miller—an undercover agent for the Department of Paranormal Containment. It seems that the spell was one which will turn the entire senior class into zombies, zombies wanting only Mia, for dinner. Even Candice finds Mia an irresistible morsel before Chase can propose an option to reverse the spell. While the novel adds to a growing interest in the zombie phenomenon, there is also something sweet (no pun intended) about the story line. Much like romance novels of old, this is really a story about the highs and lows of high school relationships; the paranormal is just a new twist on a familiar story line. Young adolescent girls will enjoy both the romance and the adventure of the story much as their mothers enjoyed the twists and turns at "Sweet Valley High." Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

Mia is ecstatic. She is the "smart girl" who has finally been invited to the prom by the football team captain. But when she suspects that the cheerleading golden girl is making a move on her date, her insecurity gets the better of her, and she seeks refuge in the occult. A friend convinces her to purchase a "love spell" from a local "herbalist." Unfortunately, it is the wrong one, and she turns her entire school into flesh-eating zombies whose biggest craving is Mia. Enter Chase, a mild-mannered new kid who happens to work for the Department of Paranormal Containment; obviously, with Chase on the scene, the football captain is old news. Zombie Queen is light, fast-paced, and not particularly scary. Vaguely reminiscent of Men in Black , this book will quench the thirst of the Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine set.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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8.24(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.57(d)
HL810L (what's this?)
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12 Years

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Amanda Ashby lives in New Zealand.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book i've read it over and over since i got it its a really likeable book .the charactors are ....great they have so many differences but they fit together so well.and chase well i wish he were real !!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK ;) hope this helps you!!!
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 2.5 The Low Down: Mia didn’t really care about Prom until the hottest football player asked her to go. And now that she’s bought the perfect dress and is really excited about being there with Rob, she starts freaking out because her date starts paying a lot of attention to Samantha, the Queen Bee/cheerleader. How humiliated she will be if he dumps her to go with someone else! She has to do something, but what? Mia’s best friend and hypochondriac, Candice, happens to know someone who might be able to help. A skeptic at first, Mia doesn’t see how some crazy lady and a few ingredients will ensure that Rob forgets about Samantha. Then at the Senior Assembly, Mia throws caution and uncertainty to the wind and goes for it. But when the New Boy, Chase, tells her that her spell (how’d he know she did a spell anyway?) she cast wasn’t about love but about turning everyone present into zombies, they have to act fast to reverse the spell. Oh, and Chase is a zombie hunter. The good news? Because she performed the incantation, Mia won’t be infected. The bad news? The zombies will make her their queen...and eat her. 'Cause, apparently, she smells like chicken. What What?: It’s a fun story that you’ll just sail through reading. Don’t expect a lot of depth or challenges here - it’s silly with a dash of romance thrown in. Not many surprises. The grammarian in me has to bring up two instances where the text said “...she thought he was going to lower her down...” and “...lowering her slowly down...” The word “lower” already means to go in a downwardly direction. It is redundant to have the word “down” in there. Two things my mama taught me: you don’t raise up and you don’t lower down. The Bottom Line: A diverting little book that will serve as a palate cleanser to something with a bit more meat on its bones. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby was published March 5, 2009 by Speak. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed. Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Ages: 12 and up You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett is just a normal teenage girl: she fears heights, she loves the Buffy series, she has a crush on the hottest guy in school, she's the neighbor of the popular cheerleader, her sister is a popular wannabe, and...

She turned all of the seniors - and even some teachers - into flesh-eating zombies through a love potion gone wrong.

That's when Chase comes into the picture. He's always been the quiet, anti-social guy in her Biology class, but when he comes to her saying that she didn't perform a love potion - that she really performed a spell that turned her classmates and best friend, Candice, into zombies - well, she immediately starts to fall for her knight in shining armor.

And if all of this wasn't enough to take in, Mia also has to worry about her prom, which is just days away! Will she be able to cure her classmates, and her prom date, before the actual dance? And if not, what will happen to her friends and the students? Will they really become zombies? And why do all of them seem to salivate whenever she's around?

Amanda Ashby writes a very entertaining and quick read about a teenage protagonist who has to fix the catastrophic problem she created - or else she'll never be able to enjoy the ball with Prince Charming. Many readers will be able to relate to Mia and her quirky ways, and others will simply fall in love with her witty humor. And if that doesn't work, there are always hunks Rob and Chase.

ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH deserves the five stars. This is a very original story that isn't too far-fetched that teenage readers can't relate at all - it's the perfect mix of reality and imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
The premise caught my attention. A girl turned her senior class into Zombies right before prom?! Sounded like a fun kind of silly. I liked that the book was light. I wasn't in the mood for a scary zombie book. Mia and her best friend Candice kept the theme light and funny. I guess you could say Chase the zombie hunter and Mia don't start on the same page. His job was to kill zombies, and Mia wanted to keep her friends alive even though they were going to turn into zombies and eat her in a few days. How were they going to solve that problem? The first 30 pages were slow for me, but then things started to pick up and get interesting. I also felt a little disconnected from the main characters. It felt like I could only skim the surface of who they were. I did like the best friend Candice though. She was a hypochondriac always worried she had some disease she would die from. Pretty funny. I stayed interested because the plot was good, and I was curious. If you're in the mood for a light zombie book this is the read for you.
WhatMissKelleyIsReading More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett is content to spend her time watching her Buffy DVDs, hanging out with her best friend Candice, and waiting to go to college, which is when the real fun will start. When senior class hottie Rob Ziggerman asks her to prom, however, she thinks that maybe she can have the high school dream after all. Things start to go wrong for Mia when cheerleader Samantha Griffin sets her sights on Rob as a potential prom date, and a panicked Mia agrees to use a love spell to keep Rob interested in her. When the love spell turns out to actually be a zombie curse, only Mia and the "new guy", Chase Miller are unaffected. Can Mia and Chase stop the curse before and save the senior class in time for prom? If they can't, then Mia will be the first victim. Zombie Queen of Newbury High is a fun, light, and quick read. Mia is a typical teen thrown into an incredible situation, and she handles it as most teens would. Chase is a zombie hunter, but the book doesn't get weighed down in mythology; the explanation is handled quickly and concisely. There's no great evil to fight here, just a selfish prom queen wanna-be and a troublesome curse. This book is perfect for teens who want paranormal without the weight and darkness that is in a lot of current titles, and the book is clean enough to make parents and teachers comfortable. I look forward to more YA titles from Amanda Ashby.
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pixiesand More than 1 year ago
Mia lives in "Fringeland" until a popular football player wants to date her. When Mia thinks that he will dump her after asking her to prom, she casts a love spell. Or, what she thinks is a love spell... it is really a spell called Viral Zombaticus, and it turns her entire senior class into zombies. And she is their queen, which isn't a good thing. I liked the characters. I didn't like that Mia and her friends all basically blamed her for the spell, which wasn't completely her fault. Quick, fun read.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
From there she meets zombie hunter Chase and the two along with Mia's best friend Candace, they set out to save the senior class, hoping to reverse the spell that had turned the senior students and teachers into zombies. Even confronting the person that had sold Mia and Candace the spell in the first place and hope everything goes back to normal, in time for prom that is. This is a light quick read that I liked. I thought the romance was a little rushed but didn't mind it all that much. The ending was cute and liked how Mia would mention her Buffy knowledge. Anyway still thought it was a fun read so definitely check the book out especially if you're a fan of shows like Buffy, Angel and Supernatural.
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bonnie mccall More than 1 year ago
mia is awesome, i will totally read this again!!!buyers come and read, zombie queen of newberry high.
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett has just been crowned queen; zombie queen that is. Mia was once a regular, happy, blissfully unaware teenager living a life full of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hot boyfriend/football god Rob, and best friend Candice, but that all changed when pom-pom waving Samantha decided to steal her boyfriend. Following Candice's advice, Mia casts a love spell that horribly backfires and turns the entire school into flesh-eating zombies and Mia just happens to be their queen.the first person they plan on eating. With the help of new boy Chase, Mia just might make it through prom in one piece. Zombie Queen of Newbury High is an exciting and fun read. It isn't all that original, but Amanda Ashby makes up for it with her witty dialogue and pop-culture references. Mia is my kind of girl in the sense that she is obsessed with Buffy and not too big a fan of cheerleading. She is easy to relate and funny. At times she can be more than a little clueless, but it's almost endearing. Candice had me laughing throughout the book, particularly when she decides to lick Mia's arm. The tertiary characters are also amusing and pretty much brainless (hello zombies!!), but Chase really steals the show. It amazes me how long Mia remains clueless to how much he likes her. There's a good amount of action, especially towards the end as well, so it definitely kept me entertained. This one is a very short read and is great for a quick, fun read. Even though it's not the most memorable book, it is still very enjoyable and worth the read. Opening line: Mia Everett was doomed. ~ pg. 1 Favorite line: "And by 'outside the box,' you mean in a weird shop that's run by an old woman who looks like she was shipped over on the Mayflower?" ~ pg. 16
titania86 More than 1 year ago
Mia Everett could not believe her luck! The cutest boy in school, Rob, went on SIX dates with her and asked her to the prom! All of her dreams come tumbling down when pretty, popular, cheerleader Samantha Griffin sets her sights on him to get the prom queen tiara. She always gets what she wants. So, Mia is completely desperate and enlists the aid of her faithful (and hypochondriac) friend, Candice. Together, they procure a love spell and perform it at a school assembly. Mia is convinced that it worked because everyone is suddenly nice to her and bringing her lots of tasty treats. Later, she finds out from Chase Miller, undercover agent of the Department of Paranormal Containment, that it did, but not in a way that was expected. She inadvertently turned the senior class in to zombies AND they want to fatten her up and eat her! Can she reverse the spell before it's too late or will Chase have to kill the entire senior class? Will she still have a date to the prom? This book was really light and fun. I've owned it for a while and when I finally got to it, I read it easily in a day. The language was very fluid and the story flowed very well. The characters all had defined and unique personalities. I think with this type of novel, it's easy to fall back on flat stereotypes, but Amanda Ashby seizes this opportunity to create likable and memorable characters. Mia is my favorite character. Despite her irrational, shallow behavior, I really like her. I relate to her because I too have an obsession with everything Joss Whedon and I wasn't very popular in high school. I had a lot of fun reading her story with all the references to pop culture and her sense of humor. Candice is also a great character, with her hypochondriac tendencies and high intelligence. Her quirkiness is so endearing. I really liked seeing great, detailed characters that still have flaws, but remain likable. This novel, much like E. Van Lowe's Never Slow Dance with a Zombie, is not just about zombies (although zombies are still awesome). It's really about standing up for your own convictions and being an individual. Mia had to admit to herself that she liked a boy that may not have been as popular as Rob, but has more in common with her, knows her, and loves her for who she is. When trying to solve the problem she created, Mia shows great maturity and even forgets about the petty conflict between her and Samantha until Samantha keeps persisting. Mia shows growth through the novel and learns some valuable lessons. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby was very fun and entertaining to read. There wasn't any zombie carnage, but there was humor, fun, and heart. I would recommend this to anyone, but especially those who aren't into gory horror.
TJKS More than 1 year ago
this book will keep you at the edge of your seat! once i started reading it, i didnt seem to want to put it down!
TinaFerraro More than 1 year ago
This novel is fast-paced and funny, but the word that kept coming to my mind was "clever." The premise is stand-alone, the story takes usual turns, and the author's careful choices of character traits and situations makes every page fresh and interesting. I recommend you read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago