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Dead City

Press: Aladdin; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-9
Author Name:Ponti, James


A tween takes on undead New Yorkers in this paranormal action-adventure that “breathes new life into the zombie genre” (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games).Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow isn’t your typical tween. 
By day, Molly attends MIST—the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology—but it’s what she’s learning outside of school that sets her apart from her classmates.
Molly is a zombie hunter, just like her mother.
This, however, is news to Molly.
Now she must come to terms with not only the idea that zombies exist, but also that they’re everywhere, and it’s her job to help police them and keep the peace.
Sure, she’d like to be a regular kid, but “regular” just isn’t possible when it turns out the most revered (or feared, depending on your perspective) zombie hunter in the history of New York City is your mother.
It seems Molly’s got some legendary footsteps to follow…


In "Dead City", James Ponti cleverly weaves Manhattan history into an action-packed plot to breathe new life into the zombie genre. 
Brainy, funny, and socially baffled Molly Bigelow makes for an irresistible narrator as she drives the story to a terrific twist of an ending.
If I'd had the next installment, I'd have dived right in.--Suzanne Collins, author of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy"In Ponti's breezy and adventure-driven story, readers follow Molly and the Omegas as they connect the dots between the explosion, "Little Women", the Dewey Decimal System and the Periodic Table of Elements.
It works.
Ponti incorporates New York City sights and gory zombie descriptions in a quick transit to an exciting finale with high-blown dramatics and a surprisingly tender moment.A fast-paced read for those who like their zombies with just a little fright." - "Kirkus Reviews, September 2012"

About the Author

James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. 
After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel.
James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox.
He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Dead City   You’re Probably Wondering Why There’s a Dead Body in the Bathroom . . . 
I hate zombies.
I know that sounds prejudiced.
I’m sure some zombies are really nice to kittens and love their parents.
But it’s been my experience that most are not the kind of people you want sending you friend requests.
Consider my current situation.
Instead of eating pizza with my teammates as they celebrate my surprise victory at the St.
Andrew’s Prep fencing tournament, I’m trapped in a locker-room toilet stall.
With a dead body.
It’s not exactly the Saturday I had planned.
I wasn’t even supposed to compete in the tournament.
Since most of the girls on the team are juniors and seniors and I’m in seventh grade, I was just going to be an alternate.
But Hannah Gilbert didn’t show up, and I filled in for her at the last moment.
Five matches later my teammates were jumping up and down and pouring Gatorade on my head.
And that was the first problem.
I may not be the girliest girl, but I didn’t really want to ride the subway with sticky orange hair.
So I decided to clean up while everyone else headed down to the pizzeria to get a table and order a couple of large pies.
I had just finished my shower when I heard zombie noises coming my way.
(I know, they hate to be called the z-word, but I hate being attacked in the bathroom, so I guess we’re even.) At first I thought it was one of my teammates playing a joke on me.
But when I saw the reflection of the walking dead guy in the mirror, I realized it was Life playing a joke on me.
I mean, is it too much to ask for just a couple hours of normal? To make matters worse, this zombie and I had something of a history.
During an earlier encounter, I sort of chopped off his left hand.
I won’t go into the details, but trust me when I say it was a “have to” situation.
Anyway, now he was looking to settle a grudge, and all my gear was in a bag on the other side of the locker room.
Too bad, because moments like these were the reason I took up fencing in the first place.
He looked at me with his cold dead eyes and waved his stump in my face to remind me why he was in such a bad mood.
All I had to protect myself with was the towel I was wearing and my flat iron.
Since I was not about to let Mr.
Evil Dead see me naked, I went with the flat iron.
My first move was to slash him across the face, which was a total waste of time.
Yes, it burned a lot of flesh.
But since zombies feel no pain, it didn’t slow him down one bit.
Plus, no way was I ever going to let that flat iron touch my hair again, so I was down thirty bucks and I still had a zombie problem.
Next, he slammed me against the wall.
That hurt unbelievably bad and turned my shoulder purple.
(A color I like in clothes, but not so much when it comes to skin tone.) On the bright side, when I got back up I was in the perfect position for a ballestra, my favorite fencing move.
It combines a jump forward with a lunge, and it worked like a charm.
The flat iron punctured his rib cage and went deep into his chest.
It got stuck when I tried to yank it out, so I just started flicking it open and shut inside his body.
This distracted him long enough for me to grab him at the base of the skull and slam his head into the marble countertop.
I don’t know how much tuition runs at St.
Andrew’s, but their bathrooms have some high-quality marble.
He went from undead to just plain dead on the spot.
All told, it took about forty seconds.
But that’s the problem with killing zombies.
It’s like when my dad and I make spaghetti sauce together.
The hard part’s not so much the doing as it is the cleanup afterward.
If this had been a public-school locker room, there would have been some gray jumbo-sized garbage cans nearby, and I probably could’ve taken care of cleanup by myself.
But apparently the girls of St.
Andrew’s don’t throw anything away, because all they had was a tiny wastebasket and some recycling bins.
There were bins for paper, plastic, and glass, but none for rotting corpses.
Go figure.
That meant I had to drag the body into a stall, text my friends for help, and call my coach with an excuse about how I had to go straight home.
Now I’m stuck here sitting on a toilet, my hair’s a total mess, and after two bottles of hand sanitizer, I still feel like I’ve got dead guy all over me.
And don’t even get me started about how hungry I am! If you had told me any of this a few months ago, I would have said you needed to visit the school nurse.
That’s because before I was Molly Bigelow, superhero zombie terminator, I was just an invisible girl in the back of the classroom who you’d probably never notice.
I’m sure none of this makes any sense.
I mean, it’s still hard for me to understand, and I’m the one who just did it.
So while I wait for help to arrive, I’ll try to explain.
I understand if you don’t believe it, but trust me when I say that every word is true.
It all started more than a hundred years ago, when an explosion killed thirteen men digging one of New York’s first subway tunnels.
But my part didn’t begin until one day last summer, when I was hanging out at the morgue. . . .

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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  •     I really like this book because it's very different and unique and it has words from high vocabulary.I would recommend this book to people that have active imaginations, and that likes books about zombies.

  •     My students love this series!

  •     Super suspenseful!

  •     My daughter loves the storyline and has read other books by this author.

  •     Great book. Just right for the tween years. Characters are fun and story is good.

  •     I Already read this copy but i want the copy to myself i loved/love this book so so so so so much hope you make a 4th one

  •     This book is amazing and leaves you with an awesome cliffhanger. Definite reccomendation for anyone who loves zombies or the undead as we like to call them. I will definitely be purchasing the next book to see what happens. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. :-)

  •     This is a great book with such exciting chapters! Each will leave you hanging and wanting more. It's a quick read but fun at every turn! Love, Love, Love it!

  •     Great storyline, good use of humor, excellent characters. Highly recommend it!!

  •     Fun story. My 9 year old and I read it together which was my effort at being able to explain anything to him that may scare him.

  •     this book is awesome and intreging once you start reading it you cant stop. The undead walk among the living in Manhatan but cant go past the border of Manhatan schist

  •     my friend had this book and made me read it I never really liked zombies until this book it is so interesting once I finished it I begged my parents to get me book two after book two I immediately got book three if you read this book just know you'll be begging for the next. S.M age 11

  •     Zombie books are just so exhilarating and intense. Does that make me masochistic that I like to read about brain eating walking dead? Whatever I'm on a zombie binge reading streak (Enclave, Dead City, Dead Tossed Waves). Dead City was a fast and fun action packed read that was refreshing to read after reading way too many dystopias. Dead City was truly an interesting and original page turner unlike anything I've read before. Dead City is nothing short of awesome! Molly is an extremely likable protagonist that was funny and kicked major zombie butt. James Ponti crafted a tale that was awesome and also heart warming. Something I really enjoyed about Dead City is how Ponti completely created new zombies. The zombies in Dead City are zombies like you've never seen them before. This is not your average middle school read. Dead City has got everything a "good read" needs.Check List For Dead City:Likable Characters ✔Intricate Mythology ✔Fast Paced Plot ✔Compelling Prose ✔Zombies✔Nerdiness ✔ I serious loved Dead City due to it's addicting writing style, intense plot, complex mythology, and zombies. I really have nothing bad at all to say about Dead City because it was just so much fun to read. Actually the only bad thing about Dead City is how the sequel is not yet out! After that cliff-hanger I need desperately the sequel to Dead City and as soon as I get it, you know what I'm doing :) From the first sentence to the final sentence I was entirely engrossed and I just couldn't stop reading. I'm so excited for the next book in Ponti's addicting zombie series and my love of Dead City can't be justified by any review. On a side note I really love the design of the cover and the simplicity of it. Only a mindless zombie wouldn't like Dead City!**Thank you so much to Aladdin for sending me this ARC. Words can't express how much I loved Dead City and how thankful I am for this ARC**

  •     This was one of my favorite books. It was full of very interesting turns and I truly loved these characters.

  •     My 10-year-old daughter loves this series and eagerly awaits book 3. She enjoys fantasy like the Fablehaven series and Harry Potter (of course) and has also enjoyed shorter books like the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, and this urban fantasy with a zombie-fighting heroine really grabbed her.

  •     As a young girl I devoured every Nancy Drew mystery ever written. I anticipate that this generation's young girls will feel the same way about Molly Bigelow. She's smart, funny, and a little insecure, but she learns to have confidence in her abilities and kicks some zombie butt! The story is very entertaining and the characters are engaging. I love this series and can't wait to read more adventures!

  •     I ordered book for grandchildren to read while staying with me during summer and after school. I read most of the books myself. This one was good if you like a "little" scary zombie story.

  •     Zombies are not my favorite thing to read about, frankly, I find the whole concept rather disgusting. However, I found the premise of this series intriguing so I picked it up.


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