Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school's premed program. But after he's arrested for murder, she's left with the bodies. And when Kate's brother, Jonah, stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, Kate realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone—or something—is murdering kids. Something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.
Could it be werewolves, like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate's supposed to be a butt-kicking, zombie-killing genius . . . but if she can't figure out what's behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what's left of them—are going to keep piling up.
"Readers will get a kick out of this book that reads like a Wes Craven movie. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but the ride is so much fun it doesn't much matter . . . what's not to love?"--Kirkus Reviews
"Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy . . . a fast-paced read."--School Library Journal
"Entirely enjoyable."--Publishers Weekly
Clifford B. Hicks s immortal Alvin Fernald has a 21st-century analogue in Kate Grable, a semi-reformed nerd and medical buff who carries her own scalpels in a pink case. At age 17, she s already a CNN celebrity, having helped to develop and then cure the so-called zombie virus in Harris s Bad Taste in Boys (2011). With college applications in Kate s sights, she is participating in a job-shadowing program at the local health department when her mentor, the county medical examiner, is arrested for murder, leaving Kate and a pathology assistant to keep the morgue running. It s a busy place: mysterious attacks are occurring at a rapid clip, with only clumps of hair as evidence and lots of it. With a deep background in CSI episodes and a stalwart quarterback for a boyfriend, however, there s no need to fear Kate can solve this mystery and get into a good premed program. It s a lightweight but entirely enjoyable read; if not for the explicit crime scenes and occasional profanity, Kate s smart-mouthed commentary and gory preoccupations would be right on target for younger readers. Ages 12 up.