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.


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

Publishers Weekly starred review, February 2, 2009


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.


August 18, 2009. Tags: , , . Horror. Leave a comment.

The Silver Kiss | Annette Curtis Klause

Sensitive teen Zoe tries to understand her mother’s terminal illness with the help of a 350-year-old vampire on his own personal quest.

Awards & Honors

• YALSA 100 Best Books, 1950-2000

• YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Death and Dying, 2009


What if Edward didn’t have to control his desire for Bella? In The Silver Kiss, vampire Simon doesn’t want to kill his beloved Zoe—but that doesn’t mean he can’t suck on her neck.

Zoe’s mom has cancer, her dad seems to have forgotten she exists, and her best friend is moving away. Simon has spent the last few centuries avoiding direct sunlight and chasing the monster who tricked him into giving up his humanity. Meanwhile, a series of gruesome murders has both of them on edge. Two lonely souls who just need someone to listen, together Simon and Zoe face their fears in this dark tale. And before it’s all over, someone else will end up dead. Who will it be?

Klause, Annette Curtis. The Silver Kiss. New York: Delacorte Press, 1990.

May 4, 2009. Tags: , , . Horror. 3 comments.