Lottie Barrett Lives (Again) is no zombie bloodbath. It just wants to be a lighthearted zombie romp. It’s speculative fiction, a paranormal romance, sort of YA for grownups, a winter ghost tale, what can happen when a teenage zombie-girl arrives in 1960s small-town America and just in time for the holidays.
When Zombie Lottie says she’s going to bite a boy’s head off and eat it, she’s joking. And when she sweet talks him into a kiss and he thinks he’ll get tomb breath, a stink that she can transfer into his mouth and that he can never get out, a curse so no girl will ever kiss him again, what he gets instead is a kiss that changes his life, and not in the way he thought it would.
How it came about:
A long time ago, when Hugh Centerville was a kid, he lived on a dairy farm across the road from a very old cemetery. Toward the back of the cemetery was the vault, a chapel-like building used to store the folks who died in winter and who wouldn’t be buried until spring. There were no graves behind the vault, except for one. It was Lucretia Jane Barrett, dead in 1866 and at the age of thirteen, and it made Hugh sad, Lucretia alone and forgotten back there, lost in the tangle of small trees and thick brush.
Hugh wondered about Lucretia. What kind of kid had she been? What made her laugh? What made her cry? What killed her? Hugh cleaned up around Lucretia’s grave and put wildflowers on it and sometimes, when he talked to Lucretia, he promised to bring her back someday.
How it goes:
It’s Halloween night, 1966. Thirteen-year-old Lottie has been dead one hundred years and the kids go up to the graveyard with the book of spells Charlene Pendergrass swiped from Miss Robespierre. The kids are going to have some fun scaring themselves, bringing Lottie back, but it turns out Miss Robespierre isn’t the faker everyone says she is and there’s nothing fake about her book either, and now there’s a ghost-girl walking the streets of Hope Mountain and what to do with her?
Lottie’s no zombie ax-murderer. She’s just a peculiar kid who wants to be a teenager, something she missed the first time. What else she wants is Bobby Clyde, cutest boy in the freshman class, and how can Bobby resist? Lottie is cute and sweet and funny (at least we think so.) And what’s Bobby going to do when it’s time for Lottie to go back up onto the hill? Bobby is determined to go with her. Lottie doesn’t think he should go but she doesn’t think she could live (or die) without him. Only Bobby’s mom and big sister can save him and before they can, they have to convince themselves it really is true and there isn’t much time.
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