Fifteen-year-old Barbra Flynn is used to being the new kid in school—thanks to her dad’s job, which requires her family to move every year or two. Normally, she can deal; she puts her head down, writes her lists, and obsesses about ’80s filmmaker John Hughes. Not anymore. After a hard to believe, yet totally true, teacher-turns-zombie incident during class, Barbra is whisked away to Hunter High, where students train to kill monsters instead of master quadratic equations.
Barbra discovers she is the granddaughter of the original zombie hunter. Impressed? She isn’t, and neither is most of the student body. Zombie hunters scratch and scrape the bottom of the popularity pole. Barbra just wants to go home, away from the stares, the new-kid questions, and morning-freaking-drill. Leaving won’t be easy. The General, aka the guy running the school, is hell-bent on keeping her safe at Hunter High to repay a past debt.
Barbra thinks the quicker this zombie mess is mopped up, the faster she can escape. She partners with Cooper Lee, editor of the school’s newspaper, to figure out why the zombies are rising. She’s convinced it’s voodoo. Cooper likes his mad scientist theory. Whatever the reason, Barbra needs to improve her brain-bashing skills pronto. Suspects and bodies are piling up, and Barbra’s noodle, in particular, looks super juicy to someone within the walls of Hunter High.
Read the first part of Barbra’s harrowing story in this exclusive:
Complete at 85,000 words, HUNTER HIGH is a YA Horror/Comedy, which I like to think of as Veronica Mars meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But wait. Those are TV shows, not books, so here’s my book comparison: THE MORGUE AND ME, a rocking pulp mystery by John C. Ford.
My writing experience is primarily children’s educational non-fiction. I’ve written books for Scholastic Education, and content for CBC, Teletoon, TVOntario, and Nelson Education. I am also a regular contributor to Owl, Canada’s popular magazine for nine- to 13-year-olds. Please find samples of my work at taraharte.com.