Haunted Mystery Series
The Zombie Awakening
Originally published as The Smoky Corridor
Zack Jennings is finally starting at his new school. Never enjoyable in the best of circumstances, what with homework and cafeteria food, it doesn't help that Zack has no friends and is already the target of the school bully. At least his history teacher is nice...and it's her first year, too!
But for Zack there are added circumstances: a soul-sucking zombie living under the school, a ruthless hit man looking for buried treasure, and a voodoo-savvy ghost waiting to take over a new body.
Chris Grabenstein has once again created a creep-fest of chills and fun as the intrepid Zack and Zipper find themselves in a maze of twists and turns, dead ends, and very unpleasant booby traps.
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"Plenty of well-constructed twists and turns, realistic (rather than slapstick) humor, nifty puzzles and a refreshingly positive relationship between Zack and his stepmother make this a standout series."
"Grabenstein is (such) a riveting storyteller, most kids won't be able to put this book down. Its appeal will be wide, as it is a mystery, a thriller, a ghost story, a school story, an action adventure, and a humorous book."
—School Library Journal
"This has all the mordant wit, rollicking action, and grossness any middle-schooler could want."
"One strength of these titles is the colorful cast of supporting characters, both humans and ghosts. While Zack himself is a layered yet strong hero, he and his friends are realistic even amid paranormal activity."
"Another in a series of spooky mysteries for kids, the adventures of Zack are sure to please a paranormal-enthusiast kid or two."
—The Parkersburg News And Sentinel