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Title:
Zom-B bride
Author:
Shan, Darren, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Summary:
B Smith considers making a sacrifice far greater and more surreal than any she has conceived before when she is reunited with the killer clown, Mr. Dowling, who desperately wants B as his partner in crime.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.6 5.0 172674.
ISBN:
9780316214223
Format :
Book

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B Smith has been reunited with the murderous maniac clown, Mr. Dowling. To her shock and consternation, he's desperate to make B his partner in crime. Mr. Dowling disgusts her, but B thinks she can see a way to control him and maybe even save the world. But it will involve a sacrifice far greater and more surreal than any she has contemplated before...


Author Notes

Darren Shan was born in 1972 in London. At the age of 6 he moved with his parents and younger brother, to Limerick, Ireland, where he has lived ever since.

Darren saw first literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition with a dark comedy titled A Day in the Morgue. He was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he found himself focusing more on novels than on short stories.

In January 2000, Darren's first children's book, Cirque du Freak was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan, or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America, received rave reviews. His books have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries.

In addition to his children's books he writes for adults as well and has had several adult books published including Procession of the Dead, Hell's Horizon, and City of the Snakes.

Darren Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B's gang of hooligans are going about their routine cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. Those expecting wall-to-wall, Jonathan Maberry-style zombie action will be surprised to discover a raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist. There is light symbolism suggesting fear of the other can be represented by zombies, but this interesting idea is all-too-quickly overwhelmed by a third-act zombie invasion, which feels somewhat rote after the fascinating morality play that came before. Two huge surprises, though, await the reader who gets to the bloody, gruesome end, and these alone will set tongues wagging.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Shan, author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, enters the zombie genre in a thoroughly bloody fashion with this slow-burning horror piece, which opens a planned 12-book series. This slim volume starts off quietly, introducing readers to narrator B Smith, an English teen who seems headed for a bad end, a born troublemaker following the example of a physically abusive, racist, and thuggish father. Struggling with violent impulses, a desire for paternal approval, and a lowbrow group of friends, B makes one wrong choice after another, leading up to the moment of truth, when a devastating zombie outbreak turns everyday existence into a life-or-death struggle. With the body count rising rapidly and everybody fending for themselves, B's true colors finally show-at least one of the late revelations should catch readers off guard-setting the stage for the next entry. Character development is impressive for a relatively short book, and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully. It's a strong start, but there's a lot of story left to go. Ages 12-up. Agent: Christopher Little, Christopher Little Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-In this compelling tale (Little, Brown, 2012), Shan tackles bullying, abuse, racism, and zombies. B is the son of an abusive father and a clueless mother living in London. He's also street-smart, tough, and a bit of a thug. His father's prejudice bothers him, but he finds it easier and safer to go along with his ideas rather than stand up against them. Together with his dad, B makes fun of zombie videos on the news until they discover that the zombies are real, and soon B must choose between survival or doing what's right. Emma Galvin does a fine job with the many accents and cultures included in this gory horror story, setting the moody tone of the violence, as well as capturing B's swagger and angst. Listeners will be captivated but might miss the symbolism of the zombies and the racists. This first title in a projected 12-volume series, is an excellent addition to library collections for teens.-Sandi Jones, Augusta High School, AR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.