An Award-Winning Novel!
Your Favorite Fairy Tale Characters Walking Dead!
And a Twist You'll Never See Coming!
Fourteen-year old Caitlin Fletcher is afflicted with numerous fears and anxieties. Her life takes a turn for the bizarre when she is tricked into climbing down the proverbial "rabbit hole" landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe. Except that Wonderland, Neverland, Oz and all the fairy tale kingdoms are suddenly crawling with savage blood-eyed zombies.
But what's scarier - a blood thirsty zombie, a panic attack...or a long suppressed truth?!
Book one of a trilogy, the award-winning YA fiction novel, Once Upon a Zombie by bestselling author Billy Philips, is dazzling both middle grade and young adult (YA) readers who love fantasy, unexpected twists an reimagined fairy tales done right!
Once Upon a Zombie recently receive the following awards and honors:
- Best Juvenile Fiction from the Beverly Hills International Book Awards
- Best Cover Design Fiction from the Beverly Hills International Book Awards
- Best Pre-Teen Book from the National Indie Excellent Awards
- Best Young Adult Fiction at the Purple Dragonfly Awards
- Best Juvenile Fiction at the FAPA President's Award
- Named to Kirkus Review's list of Best Books for 2015
About the Author
Billy Phillips is a multi-award-winning bestselling author, creative producer and part time lecturer. He has ghost-written thirteen best selling non-fiction books, some of which surpassed a million copies sold. The award-wining middle-grade/YA novel Once Upon a Zombie is his fiction debut under his own name. His licensing company, The Toon Studio, owns one of the largest vintage collection of fairy tale books and character art in the world.
Jenny Nissenson is an award-winning writer, producer and entertainer. She has written for Nickelodeon and lives in Hollywood, California with 1009 puppets and her twenty-five year old pet tortoise.
Billy Phillips was born in Toronto, Canada and moved his wife and four children to Los Angeles in 1994.
He is an award-winning, bestselling author, produce, and lecturer who wanted to address the social anxieties and phobias that afflict young people.
He has been ghostwriting for the last fifteen years, and his books have sold millions of copies. Once Upon a Zombie is his fiction debut under his own name.
When one of his children suggested he write a zombie book under his own name, Billy conceived the idea of merging the iconic fairy tale characters with the zombie phenomena.
Zombie Cinderella and friends were born!
The book has garnered rave reviews and recognition including being named the Best Pre Teen Book by the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Purple Dragonfly Award for Best Young Adult (YA) Fiction, a double winner at the Beverly Hills International Book Awards for Best Juvenile Fiction and Best Cover Fiction. The book was just nominated and named a double Finalist and a double Medal Winner at the upcoming FAPA President's Awards Banquet being held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando in August 2016.
Billy had the privilege of lecturing at NASA, at the Kennedy Space Center, on the subject of science, physics and spirituality, sharing compelling ideas which he interweaves in his novels.
In his multi-award-winning YA fantasy novel Once Upon a Zombie, Billy envisioned the zombies as a metaphor for all those relentless negative thoughts and paralyzing fears that try to swallow us whole. The fairy tale characters are metaphor for what middle graders and young adults aspire to be. And though his breathless fantasy novel plays out in an otherworldly universe, the underlying message in this award-winning YA series is really about that unseen zombie inside all of us!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have to be honest, I didn't expect to really enjoy this book. But it pleasantly surprised me. It is clever, creative, and attention grabbing. It is a lost slightly predictable, but most YA books are. And enjoyable read overall!
Unexplainablenews.com is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening - and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bouts of anxiety. Her new move to London, with her Dad and her brainiac sister, threatens to lead to more situations that will trigger panic. Now, she's having anxiety over the possibility of having anxiety! Caitlin's life takes a turn for the bizarre when she's tricked into climbing down a "rabbit hole", landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe - except it's crawling with savage, starving blood-eyed zombies. But what's scarier - a blood thirsty zombie, a panic attack....or the painful truth?! At first I didn't know what to think of this book then the more I read it the more I began to fall fast down the wormhole with Caitlin and her sister . What a wonderful ride it was .I got to see All my fairytale princesses in a different light and hey I LIKED IT . They were not afraid to get their hands dirty . If you have a fear so bad that you need to find a way to deal with it come on and follow me down the wormhole and see if you can clime your way back up before sunrise ...I have marked this as a must read and hey I did read it and I am red eyed for more ...
I know I've said this numerous times over the years while blogging and reviewing but I absolutely adore fairytale retellings, so when I discovered this book and realised that not only does it feature every fairytale character you can think of like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty And The Beast and characters from Wizard Of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, I could go on and on, but there's a big twist they're all Zombies, that's right that's the angle this story took on and boy did it turn out well. The integration of these characters of popular culture has brought to life a world and story that's certainly unique and hard to tear yourself away from, I loved the imagery of the characters and the world that they're living in, the storyline is intriguing and so full of adventure that there's never a dull moment, the way that we as readers come to discover and meet these colorful characters was so unexpected but totally cool and creepy at the same time. I don't want to give too much away because I believe the fun in reading this is discovering everything yourself, but the quick version is a curse bestowed upon the fairytale lands by The Queen Of Hearts which has turned everyone Zombie, and only one person can reverse this curse otherwise they'll be left as Zombies forever, and so it's up to a human girl Caitlin Fletcher to save the Kingdoms and it's folk, I like the way they've set up the series for the next book, I cannot wait, this book was so enjoyable I just want to get my hands on the next one. I can't recommend this book enough, for those who like a twist on their favorite fairytales then this is the series for you! Plus kudos for the fantastic cover.
I really enjoyed the story line a lot! I found it to be intriguing, exciting, and fun. I also loved getting to know all the characters. Fairy tales and the paranormal are two of my all time loves, which is why I absolutely HAD to get my hands on this book! I'm not used to reading Middle Grade so, it was a little different for me, but I still really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading more of this series, and hopefully owning some of the dolls soon too! If you enjoy middle grade, are looking to get into middle grade, OR currently read middle grade but want to transition into reading young adult - CHECK OUT THIS BOOK!