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Bad Hair Day
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Bad Hair Day
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Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school's premed program. But after he's arrested for murder, she's left with the bodies. And when Kate's brother, Jonah, stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, Kate realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone—or something—is murdering kids. Something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.
Could it be werewolves, like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate's supposed to be a butt-kicking, zombie-killing genius . . . but if she can't figure out what's behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what's left of them—are going to keep piling up.
"Readers will get a kick out of this book that reads like a Wes Craven movie. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but the ride is so much fun it doesn't much matter . . . what's not to love?"—Kirkus Reviews

"Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy . . . a fast-paced read."—School Library Journal
"Entirely enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly
Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school's premed program. But after he's arrested for murder, she's left with the bodies. And when Kate's brother, Jonah, stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, Kate realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone—or something—is murdering kids. Something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.
Could it be werewolves, like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate's supposed to be a butt-kicking, zombie-killing genius . . . but if she can't figure out what's behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what's left of them—are going to keep piling up.
"Readers will get a kick out of this book that reads like a Wes Craven movie. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but the ride is so much fun it doesn't much matter . . . what's not to love?"—Kirkus Reviews

"Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy . . . a fast-paced read."—School Library Journal
"Entirely enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly
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  • Chapter One

    "Braaaaains!"

    After all the zombie attacks, even the word made me twitchy. Especially when repeatedly moaned by an annoying freshman in the school bus loop at eight a.m. As if I wasn't annoyed enough already--I'd gotten to school early because the Future Doctors of America program started today. According to plan, we should have been bouncing across the railroad tracks on Washington Ave. right about now. But instead, I stood in the gray winter slush with my fellow FDA students, watching the underclassmen arrive for school and scanning the loop in vain for the bus. It was fourteen and a half minutes late. The program would be starting without me; watching people act like complete morons only added insult to injury.

    The freshman elbowed his buddies before putting his backpack on his head and staggering around with his arms outstretched. They laughed so hard I thought they'd burst something. Some people thought the zombie virus was hilarious. Obviously, they hadn't seen the victims; my boyfriend's best friend was still in assisted living. Brain damage. So I didn't think it was all that funny when zombie boy staggered over and accidentally grabbed my breasts, one in each hand. And when I say accidentally, I really mean on purpose.

    I knocked his hands off my chest, grabbed him by one backpack strap, and yanked him close enough to talk right in his ear. Or right in his backpack, anyway.

    "Listen up, dork," I said in the most pleasant voice possible, which wasn't very pleasant at all. "I don't have the time or the masochistic tendencies necessary to deal with you. So how about you keep out of my way, and I'll pay you the same courtesy?"

    He dumped the backpack on the ground and pushed me off. For a moment, I thought maybe he'd back down, but then his so-called friends started in on him.

    "Uh-oh, Damian. I think you pissed her off!" crowed one.

    "Look out! She's gonna stake you!" added another.

    "That's for vampires, you morons," I muttered, turning away. Not my smartest move. Damian-the-freshman didn't like being taunted, so he shoved me to save face. It didn't hurt or anything; I'm tougher than I look. But my backpack spilled all over the ground, and that ticked me off.

    I'd never hit anybody before, but this was really the last straw. He was lucky someone interceded before I could swing.

    "Hey, calm down."

    Trey Black stepped in front of me. He was a recent transfer from Southern California. Why anyone would want to trade that kind of weather for Ohio winters was beyond me. But here he was, and apparently he'd designated himself the sworn protector of freshman idiocy. I needed to get him together with my brother, Jonah. Jonah was the poster child for freshman idiocy.

    I let out a long breath in a vain attempt to calm myself as I bent down to pick up my stuff. Trey had this knack for making me uncomfortable. He had tousled blond hair and surfer-boy good looks, and I wasn't totally immune to that. But I had a boyfriend, and they were friends, so it felt really wrong when he acted flirty. Or looked at me. Or stood within fifteen feet of me. The fact that he flirted with anything in a skirt didn't make it any easier to deal with.

    "You okay?" He bent down beside me to pluck my calculus book from a mound of dirt-speckled snow. "You look pretty upset."

    "Yeah." I glared at Damian, who flipped me off before heading to class with his friends. "Just a little stressed."

    "What's wrong?"

    He handed me the book with one of his patented charming smiles, his fingers grazing mine. A girl getting off the bus across from us took one look at him and nearly fainted. I tried to act like the...

About the Author-
  • CARRIE HARRIS is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. She's always been a bit of a brain, so she wrote a zombie book--Bad Taste in Boys. And she has hair, so she wrote a werewolf book next--Bad Hair Day. Luckily, she won't be running out of body parts anytime soon. Carrie lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 15, 2012
    Clifford B. Hicks’s immortal Alvin Fernald has a 21st-century analogue in Kate Grable, a “semi-reformed nerd” and medical buff who carries her own scalpels in a pink case. At age 17, she’s already a CNN celebrity, having helped to develop and then cure the so-called “zombie virus” in Harris’s Bad Taste in Boys (2011). With college applications in Kate’s sights, she is participating in a job-shadowing program at the local health department when her mentor, the county medical examiner, is arrested for murder, leaving Kate and a pathology assistant to keep the morgue running. It’s a busy place: mysterious attacks are occurring at a rapid clip, with only clumps of hair as evidence—and lots of it. With a deep background in CSI episodes and a stalwart quarterback for a boyfriend, however, there’s no need to fear—Kate can solve this mystery and get into a good premed program. It’s a lightweight but entirely enjoyable read; if not for the explicit crime scenes and occasional profanity, Kate’s smart-mouthed commentary and gory preoccupations would be right on target for younger readers. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary.

  • Kirkus

    October 15, 2012
    Kate Grable can't catch a break. You'd think that a girl who'd invented a cure for the zombie virus less than a year ago would have earned the right to relax and enjoy her senior year, but there's no rest for this self-professed "semi-reformed nerd" and celebrity. This campy, often laugh-out-loud-funny follow-up to Bad Taste in Boys (2011) finds Kate once again in the position of having to save her friends, her high school and her town from a big, hairy someone (or something) that is on a kid-killing spree. Sure, it would be nice to enjoy some quiet time with her adorable jock boyfriend, but it's hard to ignore the bodies piling up in the morgue, where Kate is shadowing the town medical examiner as part of the Future Doctors of America program. When Dr. Burr is arrested for the murders and her best friend's boyfriend becomes a target, Kate uses her supersmarts to crack the case. Readers will get a kick out of this book that reads like a Wes Craven movie. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but the ride is so much fun it doesn't much matter. When characters respond to the possibility of a werewolf preying on their town with lines like "You don't understand....I'm Team Edward!" what's not to love? (Horror humor. 13 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2012

    Gr 7-10-In this sequel to Bad Taste in Boys (Delacorte, 2011), 17-year-old Kate Grable's confidence has shot way up. Not only did she cure the zombie virus that terrorized her town, but she also snagged popular quarterback Aaron as her boyfriend. When Kate joins the Future Doctors of America program, she gets an opportunity to work with the county medical examiner until he's arrested for murder. In an unlikely turn of events, she finds herself taking charge of the morgue. When one of her friends is attacked, Kate conducts her own investigation and discovers that it's not zombies she has to worry about this time, but something just as deadly. She has to autopsy dead bodies, solve a murder, chase down a monster, and keep a flirt from stealing her boyfriend. Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy. What the novel lacks in substance, it makes up for with Kate's unique, funny voice. She's fearless, likable, and everyone's go-to girl. At times both gory and completely over-the-top, Bad Hair Day is a fast-paced read sure to entice both male and female readers, and stands on its own.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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