by Kirsty McKay


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Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.

The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.

Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.

But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.

Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay's UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545381888
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 765,177
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

KIRSTY McKAY, born in the UK, now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has written several children’s plays for regional theater. UNFED is the sequel to her debut novel UNDEAD. Visit her website at www.kirstymckay.com and follow her on Twitter @kirkybean.

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Undead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for anything zombie - it's an obsession almost to the point that it's shameful. So picture a happy me hugging this book when I found it as a surprise in my mailbox. CUE EXCITEMENT. And thankfully, Undead did deliver plenty of excitement. And plenty of zombies. Which is all I really need in a zombie book, so keep in mind that if zombies just aren't your thing. REASONS TO READ: 1. Non-stop action: Undead starts with a bang, ends with a bang, and every chapter is guaranteed to include a little emotional angst, some blood, and a scene that will leave your heart pounding. I felt like I was constantly waiting for a monster to jump out at me - which is saying a lot because I don't get that feeling too often while reading books. 2. Conspiracy theories that will make your head spin: Admittedly, zombie stories aren't known for being the most creative - they're usually standard fare. But Undead doesn't launch into theories about why there are zombies right away (something to do with kids running for their lives). But once they do? I appreciated that there were a few surprises. Some things were predictable, but not everything. 3. Characters who evolve: I wasn't too sure what to think of Smitty and Bobby at first. They didn't grab me initially, but they quickly wormed their way into my little heart. Bobby especially took a while to get to know, because she has herself so well-guarded and hidden away. But I was surprised about halfway through the book how much I was rooting for these two to get out of there alive. And? I loved that they could poke fun at each other and their situation. Undead is great partially because of the jokes and how it doesn't take itself too seriously - which is key for a zombie horror book.  I still felt like I was hoping for more from Undead to really WOW me though. Secondary characters that were more dimensional, a stronger & more unique story behind exactly what's taking place and why... both would have turned this into a book that I loved rather than just one I liked.  But this is still an excellent pick for fans of zombies like me.  Review copy received from Scholastic Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell in love because it had the comedy, action and romance. It is the best book I had ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST. ZOMBIE. BOOK. EVER!!!!! Even if you are afraid of zombies and that type of thing, don't worry about this book! It is a comedy, so even if there is a gory part, you won't be scared. This was my first zombie book, and I am completely impressed by it. The diolouge, plot, and everything about it makes it one of the best books I've EVER read! The end just leaves you hanging, oh God! I was like whiningm screaming, and just having fun with the ending. I am ten years old and I thought that this was a very great teen book. (I read like teen and young adult stories, so you may think differently about it.) I would recommend this book to anybody ages ten and up. FUN FUN READING, GUYS!!!!!!!!!!
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I read this book as part of my Cleaning Out My TBR challenge. I originally added this book to my TBR in 2012 and lately, I've been wary about those books on my TBR added in 2012 because my tastes have changed a lot since then and I haven't had a whole lot of luck with them. With this book, I'm glad to say that I actually did enjoy it. It was an entertaining and thrilling read! Bobby has recently moved back to the UK and what better way to get to know her school classmates than to join them on a ski trip? At least, that's what Bobby's mother thinks. So far, no one seems to want to talk to her and the trip is feeling like hell. On the way back from the trip, their bus stops by a cafe. Bobby decides to stay inside the bus, but her classmates wander off for lunch, with the exception of Smitty, the trouble maker who is told to stay on the bus. Things seem normal until their classmate Alice comes running back to the bus claiming that everyone else is dead and one of their newly dead teachers tried to grab her. This can't be believed until they see for themselves that their classmates and everyone else in the cafe is dead, but is walking towards them. They have to find a way to escape, but that's easier said than done when you're in a snowstorm, in a bus running out of gas, and no way out of town to escape the surrounding zombies. I admit that I was surprised by how entertained I was from this book. The plot sounds like it comes straight from a cheesy horror movie. The book does feel at times like you are reading a cheesy horror movie, and it does start out that way. Our main cast is isolated, in a snowstorm, with no way to get help. Bonus points that they are young people. The longer in the story, though, the more complicated the storyline gets. I just kept wanting to turn the pages in this book because I wanted to see the characters make it out of this dangerous situation. There was never a break in the action in this book and the thrill level just went up and up and up. The story also takes the typical zombie plot into absurd directions. Sometimes the absurdity of the book was difficult for me to take in or believe (that's what makes it absurd!). Oddly enough, though, it worked for the book. The absurdity also brings some humor into the story, from the witty banter between the characters to the unconventional methods the characters use to kill the zombies. The characters in the story seem to be, at first glance, the stereotypical characters. Smitty is the rebel, Alice is the princess, and later we also get the nerd. Bobby, our main character, is likely considered to be the average one, which works for the story because we need someone who we can relate to because we certainly can't relate to the situation, but as the story continues Bobby becomes more than just the average girl. One of the difficulties I did have with Bobby's character, though, is her history. Her history eventually becomes important, but for most of the story we don't know her history or it is vague. This is understandable since we don't want to take a break from the action to learn her story, but some parts of her history seem to affect her deeply and have changed her. Not knowing much made her feel less developed. IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did enjoy this book. I found it to be very entertaining, equal parts thrilling and absurd. I give this book a rating of three stars, which is my "I liked it" rating. While I enjoyed read
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisenly good book. The middle was a little slow but it was worth sticking with it to the end which was really good. The book had a bit of a new take on zombies and there was quite a bit of humor in it also. Wouldn't mind reading book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I slip into the shadows and sprint off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to get into this book. It just felt like it was dumbed down. There was really no sense of alertness. the whole book just felt like a stroll, like they didnt really need to get anything done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Aug! I have to go. See you tommorow."*teleports out*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coughes up blood before crawling off to her book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone left. This place is dead.
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"Puts sawed off shotgun to his back"this will go stright through you get out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im locked out so just grab a car and leave best bet is an impala
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MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
While on the way home from a school ski trip, the bus stops at a restaurant for lunch. Bobbie and Smitty stay behind on the bus. Suddenly there is a zombie outbreak and chaos ensues. The narrator does a phenomenal job of accentuating shifts in time, location, types of action, and characters. Characters are dynamic, authentic, and continue to develop as the tale progresses. The narrative is complex, detailed, interlaced with humor and action. Overall, an thrilling read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a class project. I like the book very much. The author of this book is Kirsty McKay. The setting would be on a ski resort. Smitty is the main character. There schools on the way back from a field trip and they stop by a cafe and all goes wrong. They notice that their principle looked sick, soon or later they found out that he had drunk the carrot juice. The carrot juice was turning everyone into a zombie. This book really has nonstop action all the way through. Some things I enjoy about this book is how much action is in there. On every page its action based. The chapters are short but not to short you feel like your reading a short story. Dislikes, I don’t have many. The book is overall an A. I can’t think of one thing that’s wrong with it. The writer’s style is more like young and comedy. It’s an great zombie book and I truly recommended it to anyone who likes zombies or something action packed. My conclusion for this book is. It’s a great thriller. You won’t want to put the book down. Page by page it just gets better. Kirsty McKay did a spectacular job at this book. A great story, A movie would seal the deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best zombie novels ever-Even better on the Nook! Truely a best seller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I really like the cover of this novel, and I was truly looking forward to reading this story, especially because I enjoy zombie books and I’m always looking for new books to push on my high school students. But, while I liked the novel for the most part, I felt like it was a little too fast paced, too convenient, and too middle grade for me, personally. The novel starts off with Bobby sulking in the back of her school bus, refusing to get off and use the bathroom. She watches students pile into the restaurant and wishes for friends, to be home, etc. Soon after, she finds herself stuck on the bus with a particularly arrogant student who makes too many jokes, and soon after that, all hell breaks loose. I felt like the novel went from 0 to 60 in a matter of pages, and while some readers may like jumping right into the midst of a story, I felt left behind. The characters were suddenly running around trying to figure things out, stay away from the zombies, all while trying to get to safety and I just felt like I missed something. I think it’s because I didn’t have any time to make connections with the characters before they found themselves in peril. I never did feel anything for the characters as I read—no sadness over deaths, no fear for their safety. Instead, I found the plot a bit too convenient. Here the survivors are, surrounded by zombies, driving a school bus through blizzard like conditions, and suddenly they find themselves at a castle that holds all the secrets. Too perfect for me, but honestly, I think this would be a great read for middle schoolers. I teach high school, and I don’t see most of my students being enthralled by this novel, but I think it’s perfect for the younger crowd. The writing, especially, lends itself to youngsters. Just take a look at the synopsis. The entire novel is written in the same type of format as the synopsis, and while I knew that was probably the case going in, I didn’t think it would actually affect my reading of the novel. It did. Things that would have come across as funny to younger readers just made me roll my eyes, and the characters began to test my nerves after a while. Of course, having no connection with them could be another reason behind that, but I just found that this novel never really drew me in past enjoying the mayhem. I liked it, but I wasn’t in love with it, like I sometimes am with MG novels, but that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it! If you like really fast paced novels and the way the synopsis is written (or if you’re kids do), then I highly suggest checking this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in with hair devious smile. "Im back!!!!! Who missed me?"