BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Dead Jed by Scott Craven
Dead Jed/Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed
by Scott Craven
Middle Grade Supernatural/Humor
Jed’s not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being ‘different’ for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend’s sister’s birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled 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 (Jed’s always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he’s back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed’s had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it’s awesome what you can do when you’re already dead!
The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet.
When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group.
Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.
NOTE: My thoughts are for both books in the series!
4 out of 5 fleurs de lis
Dead Jed was a pretty fun addition to the zombie genre! In this series, our main character Jed is a 12 year old boy who was born as a zombie. In this world, zombieism is considered a disease not unlike albinism…very rare but something that is generally accepted in society. Of course there are those who fear what they don’t understand, and as a result Jed’s seventh grade days are sometimes very difficult indeed.
Although Jed has a condition that means he regularly loses body parts and leaks Ooze, he mostly has a positive attitude about it. Like any 12 year old, he does have his mood swings though. I liked that he didn’t let his zombie status define him or keep him down; in fact, when he needs to, he uses it to his advantage!
I have to say, for a middle grade novel sometimes the language and situations are a bit abrasive. I’d almost recommend this for ninth grade and above. There is a scene where Jed is teased and called gay, among a few other awkward situations.
The addition of a dog to the second book made Jed a different person! The zombie dog does some hilarious things. Though he’s no longer tormented by overgrown bully Robbie, there is a new faction that’s out to get zombiekind. Jed much once again use his cunning to dispel all those old zombie myths!
I think the author has created a fun world and a fantastically spirited main character who readers of all ages will love.
About the Author
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed by Scott Craven (INT)