The Forest of Hands and Teeth | Carrie Ryan

Forced into the forbidden forest after an army of undead invade her village, Mary must choose the right path or risk becoming a zombie herself.

Recommendations

• School Library Journal starred review by Debra Banna, May 1, 2009

Publishers Weekly starred review, February 2, 2009

Review

Ever since Mary was a little girl, her mother has told her stories about the ocean. Living in their isolated village, it’s hard to imagine a body of water that goes on forever. It’s hard to imagine anything beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But Mary believes in an outside world—one that existed before the Return, before the Unconsecrated took over the forest with their hands and teeth hungry for human flesh.

When these horrifying creatures break through the fence to the village, Mary is forced to choose between struggling to survive in the world she’s always known and risking everything to thrive in the world she’s always hoped for. First-time author Ryan pulls off a dazzling feat in writing a book about zombies without ever using the word “zombie.” The Unconsecrated lurk at the edges of every page, making The Forest of Hands and Teeth a deliciously nerve-wracking read.

Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.

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August 18, 2009. Tags: , , . Horror.

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