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Engaging non-reading boys can be quite a daunting task. If you have a few who are hooked on action, death and gore they might enjoy this "Lord-of-the-Flies"-type zombie tale (grownups are infected). Make no mistake, this book will not be winning any awards for writing quality or character development. Good luck picking out the main character! Nobody is safe from death in this one! The story is face-paced and exciting. Series is currently moving like wildfire through my classroom!
The book opens with James arriving in Yorkshire, to be the assistant to the eccentric but kindly Siegfried Farnon. He becomes accustomed to Siegfried, Siegfried's mischievous younger brother Tristan, and the gruff, kindly farmers who eke out a living in the Yorkshire Dales. And through this, James falls in love with the beautiful Helen Alderson and worms his way into the trust of the farmers.