Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget
about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal
high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade.
There’s a new guy at school who seems to be turning the girls into lovesick zombies.
And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on a cute but moody lead singer,
and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day that lets her know whenever
there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she’s a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to
fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have
what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?
""Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers.""--Booklist
""Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . .Fun.""--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for other Dead Is books:
""[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure.""—Publishers Weekly
""A hit . . . grabbed me with the first page and didn't let go.""—Julie Kenner, author of The Good Ghoul's Guide to Getting Even
""A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars.""—Mary E. Pearson, author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox
""[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here.""—Booklist
""This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!""—Cythia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize
""Once again, Perez offers up a clever mix of reality—senioritis, high-school graduation events, part-time jobs, and young love—and paranormal elements. . . . Although familiarity with the other four books in the series will certainly give readers an advantage here, newcomers to Nightshade High will have few problems following the sometimes tense, often humorous plotlines.""—Booklist
Dead Is the New Black is an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers