Some of my favorite paranormal titles from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
This was one of the most interesting and creepy entries in what we librarians were calling "The Year of the Zombie." Granted, the Unconsecrated aren't actually called "zombies" in this book, but they're people who die and then come back to life, so you do the math. Plus, this book has one of the greatest titles EVER.
Dru is one of the most believable heroines I’ve ever encountered in a book. While she’s very aware of the qualities that make her superhuman – like how she can see and smell creatures in the Real World – she’s also very aware of when she’s less than perfect. We spend a lot of time in her head, so we know when she’s scared out of her mind, when she’s hurt and what parts of her are hurting from fighting monsters and from trying to escape them, and when she’s angry at her own clumsiness. So in some ways this character feels a lot like Sara Connor in Terminator or Ripley in Alien(s). But Dru is also a teenager who always wanted to fit in and be normal, but she couldn’t because she and her father moved around so much. So in addition to all of her physical aches and pains, we also know when she’s embarrassed about how she looks because her hair is too frizzy and her nose won’t stop running and the zit on her face won't go away ... and then she keeps blushing every time Graves looks at her that way.
Zombie Queen of Newbury High
How many zombie books will make you laugh out loud? Precious few, that's how many. Luckily this story, about a girl who accidentally turns her entire class into zombies who want to eat her, is one of those few. You'll never look at fried chicken the same way again ...