Selected and annotated by Katie Boucher
Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. Feiwel, 2011. 272p. Gr. 6-8.
After earning the title of Huntress with years of training, Deuce is ready to contribute to her heavily protected (and disciplined) underground community. But when Deuce and her partner are exiled to the surface, she must fight to survive the flesh-eating monsters and even more dangerous humans that live Topside long enough to expose the enclave for what it really is.
Beaudoin, Sean. The Infects. Candlewick, 2012. 384p. Gr. 9-12.
As if being forced on a wilderness trek for juvenile delinquents isn’t bad enough, seventeen-year-old Nero also has to deal with the fact that all of the adults have turned into famished zombies. With a snarky, witty protagonist, this zombie novel is sure to impress those in the mood for a side of humor with their brains.
Bick, Lisa. Ashes. Egmont, 2011. 480p. Gr. 9-12.
After a series of mysterious electromagnetic pulses effectively destroys human civilization as she knows it, the terminally ill and already resigned to death Alex must fight for her life against enemies she could have never imagined, namely the newly zombified adolescent population.
Black, Holly, ed. Zombies vs. Unicorns. McElderry, 2010. 432p. Gr. 9-12.
In one corner, we have the moaning and merciless zombie and in the other, we have the mythical and revered unicorn. Which will win the showdown for best fantastical creature? Find out here as popular YA authors battle it out and persuade readers to choose a camp with a series of imaginative stories and a running, overarching competitive narration.
Bolger, Kevin. Zombiekins. Razorbill, 2010. 208p. Gr. 3-6.
Stanley thinks he’s scored big when he finds an adorably terrifying stuffed toy at the mysterious Widow Imavitch’s yard sale. Pieced together with lizard, teddy bear, bunny, and other indiscernible parts, the affectionately named Zombiekins soon turns on Stanley and his entire school in this funny and quick-paced zombie book for middle schoolers.
Dipucchio, Kelly. Zombie in Love. Atheneum, 2011. 32p. Gr. 2-5.
Mortimer may be dead, but he still has plenty to offer in the love department. Spurned by his many failed attempts to secure a date for Cupid’s Ball, our rotting and romantic protagonist propels this funny and sweet zombie story for young readers forward as (un)living proof that finding love can be a killer.
Harris, Carrie. Bad Taste in Boys. Delacorte, 2011. 208p. Gr. 7-10.
Hoping it will help her get into med school, the brainy (pun intended) Kate agrees to become her high school football team’s trainer. But when the steroids the coach is injecting into his players turns out to be a zombie virus, Kate realizes she’s bit off more than she can chew (yes, intended) in this stellar novel that certainly fulfills on the thrills.
Higson, Charlie. The Enemy. Hyperion, 2010. 440p. Gr. 8-10.
A disease has ravaged the sixteen and older population, leaving people either dead or craving flesh. The remaining children of London have banded together and set their sights on Buckingham Palace, rumored to be a fortress and meeting place for survivors. This dark, action-packed zombie novel is sure to impress readers looking for both heroes and horror.
Jay, Stacey. You Are So Undead To Me. Razorbill, 2009. 265p. Gr. 7-10.
Known as a Zombie Settler, high schooler Megan Berry helps the undead carry out their unfinished business and return to a more restful (and permanent) slumber. While it’s not her ideal part-time occupation, Megan’s job is made even more difficult when unknown persons start using the unsettled corpses to do their dark bidding.
Kim, Susan. Brain Camp. First Second/Roaring Brook, 2010. 151p. Gr. 6-8.
In this graphic novel, Lucas and Jenna’s parents send them to a reform camp for delinquent kids in hopes they will come out ambitious overachievers. But when the counselors start turning campers into zombies (the less brain-hungry and more silent and obedient kind), Lucas and Jenna must overachieve in the way of survival in this truly frightening tale reminiscent of a good campfire scary story.
Lackey, Mercedes. Dead Reckoning. Bloomsbury, 2012. Gr. 7-10.
In this gun-slinging zombie thriller set in 1860s Texas, seventeen-year-old Jett is in disguise as a man and on the hunt for her missing brother when she witnesses a town get wiped out by a horde of zombies. Joining up with a bold female scientist and former Army man, Jet goes hunting for the truth in this story that inventively combines authentic historical context, action, feminism, and even some steampunk to appeal to a wide audience.
Moskowitz, Hannah. Zombie Tag. Roaring Brook, 2011. 240p. Gr. 5-8.
Although it’s been decades since zombies roamed, Will decides ringing the bell that will wake up the dead is a good idea, especially since one of the newly awoken zombies will be his recently deceased brother, Graham. With his brother, however, come dozens more of emotionless and dangerous zombies, making for a much different homecoming than Will had in mind in this surprisingly touching tale.
Ponti, James. Dead City. Aladdin, 2012. 277p. Gr. 4-6.
New York is teeming with zombies, and seventh-grader Molly physically trains on the regular to combat them. After joining a group of zombie fighters called the Omegas, Molly seeks to avenge the death of her mother (a coroner and famous zombie hunter). These aren’t your average undead, however, with some zombies being dangerous and intent on destroying Molly and the Omegas, while others are harmless and in need of protection.
Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Delacorte, 2009. 320p. Gr. 9-12.
Living in what she has been told is the last human settlement in the wake of a zombie epidemic, Mary soon learns that the Sisterhood in charge could be more dangerous than the monsters just outside the fences. She must decide (and soon) if living within the boundaries of her corrupt and backwards village is worse than risking her life beyond the barriers, in the land of the bloodthirsty Unconsecrated.
Tsang, Evonne. I Love Him to Pieces (My Boyfriend Is a Monster). Graphic Universe, 2011. 126p. Gr. 6-8.
Dicey has high hopes for her new romance with Jack, until they are thrust into the onslaught of the zombie apocalypse and Jacks falls victim to the walking dead. This piece in a series of graphic novels that explore unusual romances between the living and the supernatural is sure to satisfy readers looking for both romance and rot.