Memoirs of Middle School

Today my new book debuts to the world….well, to the publishing world at least.  The real world still has to wait until the 7th of August.

Right now, in Bologna, Italy, the children’s publishing world is meeting up for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The sun is shining on kidslit. Photo by Elizabeth Jenner (@MissCellany)

The sun is shining on kidslit. Photo by Elizabeth Jenner (@MissCellany)

And my  publisher, Faber,  is showcasing their new and upcoming titles…including my new middle grade novel, ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’.

Look on the left, who's that zombie in the picture frame?

Look on the left, who’s that neurotic zombie in the picture frame?

‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ is the first in a new series and is the story of a twelve-year-old boy called Adam Meltzer who rises from the grave to solve his own murder.

But Adam’s no ordinary zombie, he suffers from incredible OCD.  And he’s not entirely happy with being gross and decomposing. Luckily he makes two great friends in his afterlife; Corina the vegan vampire and Ernesto the filthy, reluctant chupacabra.  Together, the three of them set out to discover the secrets of the death-defying bees, the very zealous Zombees!

Who's that zombie?  Adam Meltzer, that's who!

Who’s that zombie? Adam Meltzer, that’s who!

It’s a celebration of everything that’s funny, awkward, and gross about middle school. This book has been a long time coming, since I was twelve, in fact!

Where I spent every school day from grades age 11-13.

Pineland Public School in Burlington, Ontario. Where I spent every school day from grades age 11-13.

To channel the characters, I wrote the book this past summer in my hometown of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and even wrote some of it my middle school library!

Creating new character, Adam Meltzer, in my middle school library.

Creating new my character, Adam Meltzer, in my middle school library.

Walking the halls of Pineland as an adult, I saw the ghosts and spirits of the once 7th graders bustling between classes and shuffling to the lunch room.  I put myself back in the middle of gossip, drama, and the awkwardness of pre-puberty.  It may not have been all funny the first time around, but through Adam’s undead eyes, middle school is fertile ground for comedy and misadventure.

You’ll get a chance to meet Adam in a few month, and I hope you love him just as much as I do.

(You can pre-order Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie on amazon and LIKE Adam Meltzer on Facebook)

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