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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312372981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312372989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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Praise for Zombie Blondes:
 
“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
 
Praise for Brian James:
 
“The language is raw yet poetic; Chan’s voice is appropriate and fresh. The author has done a fine job of presenting the issues surrounding teen homelessness.”—School Library Journal, on Tomorrow, Maybe
 
“A riveting story. . . . Powerful, compelling, and, in the end, almost sweet.”—Booklist, on Dirty Liar

More About the Author

I grew up outside of Philadelphia, a town I portrayed all my thoughts and feelings about in Pure Sunshine and the short story Filthadelphia. When I was eighteen, I moved to New York City where I stayed for ten years. You can read about my impressions of that city in both Tomorrow, Maybe and Thief. For the suburban experiences of my life, check out Perfect World and Dirty Liar.

Needless to say, ten years in Manhattan is more than enough. It was time to pack up and head for the peace and quiet of the middle of nowhere. Alas, I ended up in the Woodstock area of upstate New York. An area aptly portrayed in my book Zombie Blondes.

My fascination with writing started in childhood with the notion of making up stories. I loved action figures as a kid. Actually, I still do and still collect them. But as a child, I would set up my entire bedroom like the stage for one epic story that I would play out for days. I didn't know it at the time, but it was the basis for what I do now. I was also a stuffed animal kid. I had dozens and they all had names and they all personalities. Basically, they were characters. Writing isn't very different than playing. It's just a grown up way of doing it.


Customer Reviews

Too bad, I really, really, really wanted to like this book....
Heather Crozier
The ending also leaves the reader on a cliff hanger so you're left with the hope that there's a sequel.
Jessie Potts
If you are looking for a zombie book to capture your interest, then look elsewhere.
A. Jacobs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Zombie Blondes was a very quick and interesting read. The story was the age old new girl moves to town, popular cheerleaders don't like her... then a guy tells her they're zombies. Alright a little off the well beaten path but still a little predictable.

Hannah's father was a snitch on a fellow cop and has been on the run since she was very little. This means she gets to be the new girl every few months to a year. This time her father takes her to a small town that has identical, blonde, blue-eyed cheerleaders whose names all start with 'M'.

As if that wasn't bad enough the entire town seems to listen to the head cheerleader and people routinely vanish with out anyone becoming suspicious. Hannah begins to accept her fate as the unpopular new girl again when she gets asked to try out on the cheerleading team.

From there it gets bad to worse...

The plot is a little predictable and the character of Hannah is painfully ordinary, but the twists are what keep the book afloat. The ending also leaves the reader on a cliff hanger so you're left with the hope that there's a sequel. All around a solid 3 stars for interesting developments and the imaginative 'M' names.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Sp(l)ot Reviews on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Henceforth to be known as the Miley Cyrus Zombie Book (you'll get it if/after you've read it--the why's spoilery).

Hannah and her father pack up their car and move every few weeks or months, whenever their money woes catch up to them. This time it's to Maplecrest a small--yet ghost-like--town.

Hannah has the moving thing down, who is who in the schools: who the jocks are, the 'it' girls, etc but is this school like all the others? Her new friend Lukas sure doesn't think so. Sure, the cheerleaders-Maggie, Morgan, and a few other M named girls are making her life hell but there's no way the town's anything other than an annoying small town with a hateful group of girls. Right?

My thoughts on this book? I liked the whole zombie premise--it's why I wanted to read the book after all. But I did feel like there wasn't really anything new in the book. Hannah starting the new school went much the same way about any story of a girl being the new girl goes: she knows no one, things suck, one person immediately befriends her, a group of popular girls make her life hell. I don't really have a problem with that 'formula' (as unrealistic as it may be) as long as it's a set up to something else better...

I didn't think it was, though. This book felt like a lot of tell and not a lot of show. There seemed to be a whole lot of Hannah's recollections (even to begin current happenings) or just Hannah telling things...the actual events of the book seemed to be limited. There were also too many similes for my taste (I had to return the book to the library before I could get quotes and Amazon's search won't give me any, but searching 'like' I get 190 returns; not all will be similes but there will be some with 'as' so...).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolina on September 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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. . . .

Zombie Blondes has an original concept but it fell short.The expectations I had were very high for this book. With the new zombie book boom I was expecting a great zombie story. Instead I got this. Hannah was a boring, bland character. You couldn't relate to her. The only thing that made her interesting was the fact that she went to school with zombies.Her friend Lukas was much more interesting.Hannah was very clueless even though all the proof was staring at her in the face.She didn't believe that zombies existed until it was almost too late.More than half the story was spent on her not believing that zombies were real and Lukas trying to convince her. As the story progressed it picked up a little bit and became a bit more interesting. The end was disappointing. If there will be a sequel then the ending was good but if it's just a stand alone book the ending was really bad.
-Carol
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Format: Paperback
If running away from your problems was an Olympic sport, Hannah's dad would be a champion. Always switching towns to avoid their creditors, Hannah and her dad end up at Maplecrest, a small town with lots of For Sale signs and plenty of odd citizens. Like the cheerleaders. Blonde, blue-eyed, and perfect, they're all zombies, and they have everyone in town in their control. And Hannah wants to be just like them, despite outcast Lukas's insistence that there is more to them than their spotless looks...

Zombie Blondes is an entertaining and innovative read with a magnetic voice that does a superb job at latching on to the reader. It's a mesmerizing and quick read that you'll want to read in one sitting. Hannah's insecurities, a result of her father constantly shuffling them from town to town, are believable and relatable, and her growing fears and uncertainties make for a suspenseful novel. Though readers will be willing to believe in zombies much more quickly than Hannah, but Zombie Blondes is never boring. The novel finishes with a bang and will leave readers hanging in suspense, wondering what really happened, and what will become of Hannah. Zombie Blondes is the perfect blend of creepy, gripping, and heart pounding action!
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