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by (author) Richard Scrimger

Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Recommended Age
10 to 14
Recommended Grade
5 to 9
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
    List Price

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“Yes, Imre is undead,” the principal said. “And we all know the Z word. We hear it all the time. But it’s an unkind word. A bad word. I do not want you to use it. You are the oldest ones here at Westwood. I am counting on you to set an example for the rest of the school.”

He stood behind Imre, his hands on the kid’s shoulders.

“Words can hurt,” he said. “So let’s keep our language friendly, okay? Imre is not like anything you see in movies and video games. He wants what you want—to make friends, to do well, to have fun. He’s like any of you here. Except that his heart isn’t beating.”

Evil-O was nodding intently at all this. “Yes,” she whispered.

I was trying to control my breathing. I had my hand on my wrist, taking my pulse. My heart was beating 280 times a minute. That was 280 times more than Imre’s heart.

From the imagination of one of Canada’s funniest writers for young readers comes the story of a creepy young zombie named Imre Lazar, who, in spite of a few special challenges, is integrated into a regular classroom at Dresden Public School in Ontario. No one is less sure about the school board’s decision than narrator Bob, but his fearless best friend, Evil-O, is Imre’s greatest defender. Clashes and heroics ensue as the community’s tolerance for difference—and Bob’s tolerance for an undead rival—are pushed to the limit in this hilarious, exciting and surprisingly touching novel.

About the author


Richard Scrimger a écrit plus de vingt livres pour enfants et adultes, dont Zomboy et Downside Up. Plusieurs d’entre eux ont été publiés dans le monde entier et ont remporté ou ont été mis en nomination pour des prix prestigieux. Il contribue aussi à la série Seven et il est un orateur recherché dans les écoles.


Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of seven novels for children, three picture books, and three books for adults. Columns detailing Richard’ s adventures in parenthood have been published in "The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine," and "Today’ s Parent." His first children’ s novel, "The Nose from Jupiter," won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’ s Book Award. His first adult novel, "Crosstown," was short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. He and his family live in Cobourg, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

“A thoroughly original, quirky, and highly entertaining story, this book is classic Scrimger.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Scrimger’s lighthearted take on zombie fiction is a fast and frenzied ride through the world of political correctness, with an unobtrusive lesson on empathy and acceptance thrown into the bargain.”

National Reading Campaign

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