Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie

Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie

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Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie
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December 03, 2013
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Jed is not your typical middle school geek. He is, to use the politically correct term, "cardiovascularly challenged." And though his parents attempted to shield him from the implications of being different for as long as they could, when Jed was eight and at a friend's sister's birthday party, he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the Big Talk—and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad. Now as a target of Robbie, the supreme school bully, and his pack of moronic toadies, seventh grade at Pine Hollow Junior High is rapidly becoming unbearable. From being stuffed in a trash can as "dead meat" and into a trophy case as the bully's "prize," to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room and a cigarette put in it to try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed's had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. (Jed's always losing body parts, but luckily, with a good stapler and some duct tape, he's back in action.) But Jed finds that it's awesome what you can do when you're already dead! He goes from underground underdog to over-the-top hero and proves you don't have to be living to have a lot of heart. For every kid who's ever felt different, been picked on, or kicked out, this is a heartwarming and funny story about surviving middle school, making friends, and keeping your limbs.

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Wimpy Kids Meets Zombies

Jed is a zombie or rather cardiovascularly-challenged teen, who's rapier humor helps him challenge the horrors of middle school. There is so much to love about this book: the humor, the very real situations such as fitting in to asking a girl out on a date. Jed's upbeat 'tude to dealing with such things, including Mean boy Robbie and his goons, give us a hero worth cheering for!

There's some scenes such as the shower one that show the ugliness of bullying. And Jed is bullied. Robbie even goes so far as pushing the envelope on rearranging certain parts. I think most of us have our own middle or even high school memories that help us relate with Jed's plight.

Jed's outlook on life, that being 'different' isn't necessarily bad or wrong, helps him not get too downcast. I love how his parents are his champions in not using the 'different' card to feel down or not worthy. But it's really Jed whose determination, persistence, and yes, amazing humor save the day!

Hilarious adventures of a zombie teen who navigates the jungle known as middle school, this is one story that will resonate with readers.

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