Title: Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed
Publication date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Scott Craven
The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet.
When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group.
Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.
Random #6 – Character Spotlight – TREAD
Peering into the mind of Tread, the undead dog –
“What is that? Gray, furry. It’s on my butt! I’ll get it. Spin around, again and again. Not getting closer. Chasing more. There it is, bite! Must pull off butt. Did it!
“Hmm, good. Bony. Must save for later. Bury! Go to soft-floor space. Through magic door. There it is. Ah, good smelly air. Squirrel? Smells like squirrel. Under bush? Smells even better. My bathroom space. Must go again. Freshen up smell.
“Time to bury bone. Soft place somewhere near. By big post stuck in ground. There! Dig dig dig. OK, bone, you stay there. Cover you up.
“Wait, food sound? Food sound! Back thought magic door. Inside! Run fast to food sound. Yes, there is boy! Boy is home. Boy means one thing. Food!
“Hi boy! Love boy. Jumping on boy proves love. And love means food! Boy’s mouth moves. Listen, must listen.
“Sit? Yes yes, sit. Know sit. Shake? Yes, shake. Here is leg. There is your leg. Our legs meet! Up down up down. My leg gone. His leg is holding my leg! No no no. I must sit again. Boy go to get things to make leg stick to me again. Must wait for food!
“But I will wait. Boy good. Boy loves me. Not know much before boy. Only large hard fast loud box. Pain. Dark. Then light. Boy!
About the author
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.