It’s tough surviving middle school, and even rougher for Jed Rivers, Pine Hollow’s resident zombie. With an undead class of one, Jed attracts a lot of attention, most of it bad. All he wants to do is make it through each day in one piece.
While bullies enjoy random games of “Pull the arm off the zombie,” Jed does his best to stay out of the principal’s office since it’s occupied by a man who isn’t sure the undead are entitled to a public education. With a gray pallor unaffected by sunlight, Jed often oozes a thin sheen of a mysterious substance that may have something to do with his rather curious undead state. As he tries his best to be normal, he finds himself further separated from kids who want nothing to do with a guy who needs staples and duct tape to keep it together.
Only when he finally embraces being a zombie, Jed finds advantages that help him go from zero to hero. He proves he’s got a whole lot of heart, even it if isn’t beating.
About the Author:
SCOTT CRAVEN is a features writer for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. The graduate of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo has a 19-year-old son Bryson, a young man who spent his formative years in a zombie-like state (as with many adolescents). Scott formed a strong bond with zombie movies ever since he saw (the then age-inappropriate) Night of the Living Dead. “Dead Jed” is his first novel. In December, look for “Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed” from Month9Books.