Own the Night is the 2012 national and statewide summer reading theme for teens. For adults the theme is "Between the Covers," and for children it is "Dream Big." Over the course of the summer I will be posting book lists here inspired by the "Own the Night" theme. Clicking on the title will transport you to our online catalog where you may place a hold using your library card barcode and password (which is the last 4 digits of your telephone number if you have never signed in to your library account before). First book list of the summer is all about zombies. The Teen Think Tank has been working on a video about what not to do during a zombie attack:
Meanwhile, to "feed" the anxiety:
Meanwhile, to "feed" the anxiety:
Ashes, by Ilsa J. Bick, 2011. Alex, a 17-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an 8-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
Brains for Lunch : A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!, by K.A. Holt, 2010. At a middle school where zombies, blood-sucking chupacabras, and humans never mingle, "lifer" Siobhan and Loeb, a zombie who likes to write haiku, share an attraction. Story written entirely in haiku.
The Enemy, by Charlie Higson, 2009. After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan, 2009. First book in trilogy. Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Generation Dead, by Daniel Waters, 2008. When teenagers that die come back to life and are labeled "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are integrated into the school population, but the living teens don't want them around.
Gil's All Fright Diner, by A. Lee Marinez, 2005. Hired by the owner of an all-night diner to eliminate the zombie problem that is costing her customers, werewolf Duke and vampire Earl tackle an even stickier adversary who is out to take over the diner.
The Living Dead, edited by John Joseph Adams, 2008. A collection of short stories about zombies includes contributions by Clive Barker, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman.
My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces, by Evonne Tsang, 2011. St. Petersburg High school juniors Dicey Bell, a baseball star, and Jack Chen, who loves science and role-playing games, discover a mutual attraction when paired for aproject, but on their first date, a zombie-producing fungus sends them on the run. Book 1 in this graphic novel series.
Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry, 2010. In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, 15-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. Book 1 in Benny Imura series.
The Walking DEAD: a continuing story of survival horror, created by Robert Kirkman. Graphic novel series. Police officer Rick Grimes and a few human survivors battle hordes of decomposing zombies.
Z, by Michael Thomas Ford, 2010. In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.
Zombie Blondes, by Brian James, 2008. Each time 15-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead, by Max Brooks, 2003. A guide to surviving an attack by hordes of the predatory undead explains zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective weaponry and defense strategies, how to outfit one's home for a long siege, and how to survive in any terrain.
Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black, 2010. Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns. Includes authors: Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, and Scott Westerfeld.