Ashby, Amanda. Zombie Queen of Newbery High. Speak, 2009. (Gr 8-12)
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.
Austen, Catherine. All Good Children. Orca, 2011 (gr 7-10)
It's the middle of the twenty-first century and the elite children of New Middletown are lined up to receive a treatment that turns them into obedient, well-mannered citizens. Maxwell Connors, a seventeen-year-old prankster, misfit and graffiti artist, observes the changes with growing concern, especially when his younger sister, Ally, is targeted. Max and his best friend, Dallas, escape the treatment, but must pretend to be "zombies" while they watch their freedoms and hopes decay. When Max's family decides to take Dallas with them into the unknown world beyond New Middletown's borders, Max's creativity becomes an unexpected bonus rather than a liability.
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Every Other Day. Egmont, 2012. (Gr 8-12)
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali.
Bick, Ilsa J. Ashes. Edmont, 2011. (Gr. 7-10)
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor joins forces with Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan and Ellie, an angry right year old after an electromagnectic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses. Sequel Shadows (2012)
Brooks, Max. World War Z. Crown Publishers. 2006. (Gr 10 & up)
Notes: Max Brooks, son of actor Mel Brooks, chronicles the fictitious "zombie wars" that nearly decimated the human population, with first-hand accounts from people who have had a brush with the undead and facts and figures documenting how many undead currently roam the planet.
Compilation by Holly Black, & Justine Larbalestier. Zombie vs Unicorn. Margaret K McElderry Books, 2010. (Gr 8-12)
Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns. The highest justice / by Garth Nix -- Love will tear us apart / by Alaya Dawn Johnson -- Purity test / by Naomi Novik -- Bougainvillea / by Carrie Ryan -- A thousand flowers / by Margo Lanagan -- The children of the revolution / by Maureen Johnson -- The care and feeding of your baby killer unicorn / by Diana Peterfreund -- Inoculata / by Scott Westerfeld -- Princess Prettypants / by Meg Cabot -- Cold hands / by Cassandra Clare -- The third virgin / by Kathleen Duey -- Prom night / by Libba Bray.
Bloor, Edward. A Plague Year. Knoft, 2011. (Gr 8-12)
Tom has long dreamed of getting out of Blackwater, Pennsylvania, and going to college somewhere warm and sunny, but when a plague of meth addiction sweeps through town in 2001, ruining the lives of friends, teachers, and parents, he finds it difficult to leave.
Borchert, Don. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead. Tor, 2010. (Gr.6-10 )
An adaptation of the Mark Twain classic in which the world is altered by a zombie virus that turns people into “Zum,” and Tom and his friends sharpen fence posts to fight the Zum and protect the town.
Copp, Rick. CZK: celebrity zombie killers. Ape Entertainment, 2010. (Gr 7-10)
A group of young celebrities return from a house party to discover that everyone in LA has been transformed into a zombie by a strange virus.
Dahl, Michael. Zombie in the Library. Stone Arch Books, 2011. (Gr 6-10)
Adam is planning on going to the library sale to buy a special book about monsters for his mother's birthday, but when she refuses to take him to town because of a storm, Spencer rides his bike to the library where he discovers the lightning has created a book zombie.
Donbavand, Tommy. Scream Street series. Candlewick Press. (Gr 6-10)
Welcome to Scream Street--a hilarious collection that will spook readers silly. When Luke Watson turns into a werewolf for the third time, the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) moves his family to Scream Street--a frightful community of vampires, zombies, witches and sundry undead. Includes Fang of the Vampire, Blood of the Witch, Heart of the Mummy, Flesh of the Zombie, Skull of the Skeleton, Claw of the Werewolf, Invasion of the Normals, Attach of the Trails, Terror of the Night Watchman, Rampage of the Goblins, Hunger of the Yeti, Secret of the Changeling and Flame of the Dragon.
Fisher, Rusty. Zombies Don’t Cry. Medallion Press, 2011. (Gr 9-12)
After high school junior Maddy Swift is struck by lightning while on her way to a party with the boy of her dreams, she feels fortunate to be alive. Maddy soon realizes, however, that she is now one of the living dead and must learn to survive as a zombie, but it turns out to be harder than you would think, especially when a bunch of bad zombies are planning to turn prom night at Barracuda Bay High School into zombie Armageddon.
Ford, Michael Thomas. Z Harper Teen, 2010. (Gr 8-12)
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.
Habel, Lia. Dearly, Departed. Ballantine Books, 2011. (Gr 7-10)
Nora Dearly, a young woman in New Victoria, a high-tech society based on an ancient age, escapes her aunt's plans to marry her off for money when she is nearly kidnapped by a horde of walking corpses, and ends up battling them and the Laz, the fatal virus that raises the dead, while falling in love with Bram Griswold, a young soldier in a special undead unit that has availed itself of modern science in 2195 to hold onto his mind, manners, and body parts.
Harris, Carrie. Bad Taste in Boys. Delacorte Press, 2011. (Gr. 7-10)
Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends,
Higson, Charles. The Dead. Hyperion, 2011. (9-12)
Ed, Jack, Bam and other students at Rowhurst Academy must run for their lives when a mutant disease attacks the adults and turns them into flesh-eating monsters. Sequels are The Enemy (2011) &
Holt, K. Brains for Lunch: a zombie novel in haiku?!. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. (Gr 5-9)
Loeb, a zombie in middle school who has a crush on a regular human girl, tries to transcend sterotypes by competing in a haiku completion to make a good impression.
James, Brian. Zombie Blondes. Square Fish, 2009. (Gr 7-10)
Each time fifteen-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.
Jay, Stacey. My So-Called Death. Flux, 2010 (Gr 8-12)
After dying in a cheerleading accident, high school freshman Karen turns into a zombie and enrolls at a boarding school for the undead, where she uncovers a murder mystery.
Jay, Stacey. You are so Undead to Me. Razorbill, (2009) (Gr 9-12)
Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies. Sequels are Undead Much (2010) and Valentine’s Day of the Undead (2011)
Kagawa, Julie. The Immortal Rules. Harlequin Teen, 2012 (Gr.8-12)
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city, until she too becomes an immortal vampire. Forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls, she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
Kate, Lauren. The Fallen Series. Delacorte Press, 2009. (Gr 8-12)
Angels, vampires, zombies, faeries . . . readers will be swept up by Luce's story: her struggle to find acceptance at school; her efforts to make sense out of the mysterious pieces of her life; and her longing to be with the one person she's loved and lost over the centuries. Includes Fallen (2009), Torment (2010) & Passion (2011).
Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Infamous: chronicles of Nick. St Martin’s Griffin, 2012. (Gr 8-12)
Nick Gautier, who has learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, struggles to survive when everyone seems to be trying to kill him, and while he tries to learn to drive and keep a girlfriend, he prepares to face his greatest challenge yet.
Kitanidis, Phobe. Glimmer. Balzer & Bray, 2012. (Gr 9-12)
Told in their separate voices, two teenagers wake up in bed together with total amnesia and must work together to try to recover their memories about themselves and the eerie Colorado town in which they find themselves.
Lassen, J.M.ed. Z: Zombie Stories. Night Shade Books, 2011. (Gr 9-12)
Notes: Family business / Jonathan Maberry -- The wrong grave / Kelly Link -- The days of flaming motorcycles / Catherynne M. Valente -- The barrow maid / Christine Morgan -- You'll never walk alone / Scott Nicholson -- The dead kid / Darrell Schweitzer -- Seven brains, ten minutes / Marie Atkins -- The third dead body / Nina Kirki Hoffman -- The skull-faced boy / David Barr Kirtley -- The human race / Scott Edelman -- Deepwater miracle / Thomas S. Roche. Contains eleven short stories about zombies
Littlefield, Sophie. Unforsaken. Ember, 2012. (Gr 8-12)
Having learned that she has powers both to heal people and to create zombies, sixteen-year-old Hailey is trying to lead a fairly normal life with her brother and aunt in Milwaukee, but when she attempts to contact her boyfriend, she brings dangerous villains--both alive and undead--to her doorstep.
Maberry, Jonathan. Dust & Decay. Simon & Schuster, 2011. (Gr 10-12)
In post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland. Rot and Ruin
McChiller, BBH. Curse at Zala Manor. Stargazer Publisher, 2009. (Gr 4-8)
12 year old Al zantony must somehow overcome his fear of monsters to take action when an ancient curse unleaches a vampire count, a skeleton and a zombie on the town of Craggy Cove.
Nanpaisanshu. Cavern of the Blood. (Grave Robbers’ Chronicles Vol 1) ThingsAsian Press, 2011 (gr. 6-9)
Professional grave robber Uncle Three, receives a map to an ancient tomb rumored to lead to another world. Uncle Three, his work colleagues, and his nephew set out to find it and fight vampires and zombies along the way.
Perez, Marlene. Dead is series. Houghton Mifflin (Gr 7-10)
Seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics, attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California. Series includes Dead is the New Black (2008), Dead is a State of Mind(2009), Dead is so Last Year (2009), Dead is Just a Rumor (2010), and Dead is not an Option (2011). Spins off are Dead is a Battlefield (2012 and Dead is a Killer Tune (2012).
Richards, Justin. The Death Collector. Bloomsbury, 2007. (Gr 8-12)
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.
Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Delecorte Press, 2009. (Gr 8-12)
Sequels are The Dead Tossed Waves (2010) and The Dark and Hollow Places (2011).
Shan, Darren. Zom-B series. Little, Brown, 2012 (Gr 8-12)
B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. That is, until zombies attack. (Each book in this series will confront challenging issues of racism, the politics of fear and survivalism, martial Law, religion, and more as B navigates a post-zombie world) Includes Zom-B and Zom-B Underground (2013)
Showwalter, Gena. Alice in Zombieland (The WhiteRabit Chronicles Book 1) Harlequin Teen, 2012. (Gr. 8-12)
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Selzer, Adam. I Kissed a Zombie, and I liked it. Delacorte Press, 2010. (Gr 8-12)
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.
Sleator, William. The Boy Who Couldn’t Die. Amulet, 2005. (Gr, 7-10)
When his best friend dies in a plane crash, 16 year old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.