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Dead Is a State of Mind Paperback – January 1, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 2 of 8 in the Dead Is Series

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Grade 8 Up—This sequel to Dead Is the New Black (Harcourt, 2008) follows Daisy and her family, residents of Nightshade, CA, where the murder of a popular teacher has the town on alert. The underground "City Council" that governs all things supernatural is working on solving the crime along with Daisy's mom, a well-known psychic. The teen is learning how to use her new powers inherited from her mom and is bonding with her sisters. Trouble is brewing in the local shape-shifter community, but no one will tell Daisy what is going on. Then, during prom, the killer is revealed. A third book will clear up some loose ends. This paranormal teen drama is a quick, light read and is similar to Ellen Schreiber's "Vampire Kisses" series (HarperCollins). Fun for reluctant readers, but not satisfying for readers of more epic series like Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown).—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dead Is (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152062106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152062101
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pamela V VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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According to my mystery loving 11-year old daughter; Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez is a winner! She gives it five stars! It's 175 pages of nonstop mystery for a tween girl who loves a good thriller/mystery!

The story is about Daisy, a high-school girl living in a fictional town called Nightshade. There's a new boy in school, and he makes Daisy feel uneasy, although other girls really like him. The creepy boy tries to get Daisy to go to the prom with him, but she's not interested. Then a popular teacher is murdered and Daisy is on the case. Everyone warns her not to become involved, but she gets into it anyway.

The book is funny and not too scary. It holds a tweens interest from beginning to end and, at least in my daughter's case, she is asking for the next in the series! And frankly, anything that gets a kid reading is good by me! Seriously, there are no cuss words in the book and my daughter read it in a matter of a few hours. That's a real good thing from a mothers point of view.
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If zero is the normal setting on the weird-o-meter, than on any given day Nightshade, California registers somewhere around a five. It's hard for a town that harbors a secret sub-community of werewolves, vampires, witches and assorted other paranormals to avoid being a little strange. And that's okay with Daisy Giordano. She grew up in Nightshade and, although she's not paranormal herself, she has powerful psychic abilities - mind-reading and telekinesis, to be exact. In fact, all of the women in her house are psychics. Daisy's mom is a psychic investigator with the power of psychometry, her sister Rose is a mind-reader and her sister Poppy is a telekinetic. So yeah, they fit right into Nightshade's general weirdness. Lately though, Nightshade is even more odd than usual and Daisy, a budding Nancy Drew, is determined to figure out why.

The first bit of extra weirdness is Duke Sherrad, a new student at Nightshade High. Duke claims to be descended from a long line of gypsy fortune tellers and while Daisy is obviously not one to knock a genuine psychic, something about Duke seems a little odd. Even after a popular teacher is murdered and several students claim Duke predicted his death, Daisy remains skeptical. She could definitely use her boyfriend Ryan's help getting to the bottom of this (he is the police chief's son, after all), but Ryan has been acting very strange lately. And if Duke, a dead teacher and a distant boyfriend weren't enough to stress Daisy out, it seems like her sister Poppy is falling for a ghost who hangs out at the Bone's mortuary. Just another day in Nightshade.

There is so much to like in Marlene Perez's 'Dead Is' series. The dialogue is snappy, the main characters are likable and the villains aren't, the mysteries are intriguing and there's just enough humor and romance to keep things light and fun. Daisy is a heroine any girl can identify with and support. She's not perfect, but she never stops trying to make a difference.
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Dead is a State of Mind is the second book in the Dead Is series that follows Daisy and her two sisters Poppy and Rose. In this one, Daisy is continuing her Junior year in high school after her very intense first semester (a.k.a Dead is the New Black). This time around there is a new mysterious guy in her school that claims he is a fortune teller and even though Daisy is no stranger to powers like that, since her family has more than one psychic. But for some reason Daisy doens't trust the new guy, until his precdictions start coming true and a teacher pops up dead. Now everyone's attention is one the killer who seems to be of the furry kind.

This had all the light, funny, breezy writting and storyline I loved in the first book. I really enjoyed the second adventure of the Giordano sisters. And even though the 'twists' of this one were pretty obvious I didn't really mind. I love the whole town of Nightshade, with all its weird residents and creatures.

It's all real fun to read about Daisy and her sisters. I am a big fan of Poppy myself and her story in this book was heartbreaking. I also enjoyed the progress that Daisy had in her relationship. I am just really glad that there are a lot more books in the series waiting for me to pick them up.
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Good paranormal story for teens - if I were a teen I might have given it a higher rating. There is no indecent sex scenes between the high school kids in the story. It takes place in a town of paranormal folk. The main characters are Daisy and Ryan who are dating. Their relationship seems to go on the rocks as Ryan becomes increasingly scarce and acts strange, not to mention is seen with a new girl. In the end there is a reason and it all works out. Easy read.
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By Rochelle Dixon on February 28, 2013
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Love this series and have given the same review on every single one of them. It's a collection of short mysteries being solved by werewolves, invisible man, witches, mind readers, etc. Nice mix of all these creatures, nothing scary and just fun.
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Omg this book is so good that when I started I couldn't stop, so I finished it in one day!!! Also, when I showed the first three pages to my friend, she fell in love!! She's reading it next😄. You should read this book if you are into mystery, suspense, romance, superficial fiction, and drama. Another reason I loved this book, is that it's not only realistic (high school), but it's also mystery and science fiction.😍😘💚💜💓💕💖💗💘💝💋💞💟👏👏👏👏👏👏
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