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Title:
The undertakers : rise of the corpses
Author:
Drago, Ty.
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
465 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
When the living dead invade Philadelphia, Will Ritter and a group of teenage resistance fighters, known as the Undertakers, are the only ones that can see them to stop the invasion.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 12.0 143967.
ISBN:
9781402247859
Format :
Book

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Summary

"On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'"

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers-a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who've banded together to battle the Corpses.

Praise for Ty Drago:

"...The author hardly sets a foot or a word wrong."
-Publishers Weekly

"More, if you please, Mr. Drago."
-Booklist


Author Notes

Ty Drago is a computer programmer, husband, father, and a born Quaker who lives in New Jersey. He is the editor/publisher of Allegory, an online magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has also had short fiction Fortress Publishing's Yesterday I Will anthology in addition to his two previously published novels Phobos and The Franklin Affair. Many years ago Ty attended a book signing by Isaac Asimov. When Dr. Asimov learned Drago was struggling young SFG write, he penned the following: "To Ty: Please keep trying. Isaac Asimov." And he did.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Whatever you do, do not call them zombies! These are Corpses. reanimated bodies that have been possessed. and they are everywhere, although they are only visible to a select few, including 12-year-old Will Ritter. After realizing suddenly that he is able to See, Will is taken in by the Undertakers, a rogue group that rescues other, similarly targeted teens and fights to defeat the Corpses' evil plans to conquer Philadelphia and, ultimately, the world. With elements reminiscent of works by Rowling, Riordan, and Stine, Drago unveils the plot through many short chapters, calling into action a cast of distinctive characters with authentic voices and behaviors. (Well, corpse-fighting behaviors, anyway.) Will's breathless adventures as he faces his destiny of becoming an Undertaker are thoughtful and exciting, and the descriptions of decaying flesh will likely both disgust and delight readers. As the climaxing battle wraps up, there is yet another surprise: a satisfyingly complete ending. The suggestion of sequels, though, will pacify new fans, who will be clamoring for the continuation of the story.--Medlar, Andre. Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-10-One morning, 12-year-old Will Ritter discovers that his cranky old neighbor, his math teacher, and the assistant principal of his school are all rotting corpses, and that they want him dead. Rescued by a mysterious new classmate, he ends up at Haven, the secret hideout of the Undertakers-a group of kids between the ages of 12 and 18 who can actually see the corpses and are attempting to rescue kids like Will, just coming into their Seer abilities. Will discovers that his dead father, evidently the only adult Seer, started the Undertakers with the help of Tom and Sharyn, former street thieves turned remarkably competent leaders. There's a lot going on here: weird aliens, a possible angel, cool gadgets and potentially magical weapons, and Will, who is Every Kid, only with skills that develop extraordinarily fast. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Harry Potter, with bug-filled corpses. Fans of comic-book heroes and video games will not be disappointed, and will be eager for further adventures. Fast paced and surprisingly moving.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.