Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange & Deadly, Book 1

ISBN: 9780062083265 | Harper Teen | July 24th 2012

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Reviews

Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange & Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed Clockwork Angel, you’ll love this. Fantastical fun.

Marie Lu
NYT Bestselling Author

A spirited, period piece that ties together a woman’s place during the Victorian era with the adventures that only a zombie tale can bring. Dennard writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style with strong characters that leave you rooting for Eleanor and wishing that you could be there cracking zombie kneecaps right beside her.

Children's Literature

From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut.

Shelf Awareness

Give [Something Strange & Deadly] to anyone who likes a light zombie story with a pinch of romance.

School Library Journal

Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers.

Kirkus

Realistic characters, compelling action sequences and an entertaining, twisty plot will delight.

Romantic Times Book Reviews

Blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery, Dennard creates a roaring—and addictive—gothic world.

Publishers Weekly

Something Strange and Deadly as a captivating and empowering thriller.

Huffington Post

This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance.

VOYA

A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Susan really finds her feet and[Something Strange & Deadly] flows immaculately pulling you in and turning pages for you.

The Guardian