December 15, 2015
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Dead Jed 3: Return of the Jed by Scott Craven
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With seventh grade behind him, Jed jumps at the opportunity to spend the summer in Mexico with his dad. But there’s just one catch: Luke and Tread get to tag along.
In Mexico, fitting inmight be easier than Jed imagined, with Holidays such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Here, a rising 8th grade zombie boy and his zombie dog won’t draw that much attention.
But then Tread unwittingly sets off Mexico’s Chupacabra Defense Network and Jed accidentally collides with a bus. So much for blending in. The unusual pair catch the eye of a professional wrestler, who challenges Jed to a fight!
Their antics manage to capture the attention of a doctor whose knowledge of the undead causes Jed to question his very existence. Is this the answer Jed’s been hoping for since his parents sat him down for the “you’re a zombie” talk? Jed may have finally found a way to be normal, but at what cost?
Dead Jed: Return of the Jed is book 3 in Scott Craven’s humorous and heartwarming series about surviving middle school, fitting in, and embracing one’s differences – even if you are a zombie.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Great to be here. Love what you’ve done with the place. Very homey. Uh, might you have a coaster for this?
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Jed, proud member of the undead, visits Mexico, convinces Customs that his zombie dog is not a mythical goat-eating, soul-sucking beast, and joins a traveling wrestling team before facing the biggest decision of his life. Wait, is that over 140 characters? Now I’m just making it worse. Sorry. OK, I’m done.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I enjoy “What if-“ questions. This three book series started with this: “What if a zombie moved in next door?” I envisioned neighbors boarding their doors and windows, then sending over the ladies from the Unwelcome Wagon to shoot the zombie in the head. But surely there could be a meeting of the minds instead of an eating of the brains.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Jed is a normal seventh grader who just happens to be 100 percent undead. His limbs detach at the most awkward times, since any limb detachment is in itself an awkward situation, especially when on a date with your biggest crush. All Jed wants to do is fit in, and feel as comfortable around everyone as he does around his best friend Luke and his girlfriend Anna. And he’d also love to find limb-fasteners more reliable than staples and duct tape.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
In the third book, “Return of the Jed,” Jed and Luke have certain preconceived notions when they visit an unfamiliar country. In the middle of the story, they meet a noted resident who sets them straight, but in a very respectable and humorous way. A subtext of the book is accepting and celebrating other cultures. And Jed finds at times he fits in better when south of the border than he does at home.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
I’ve yet to address just how and why Jed is a zombie. Readers have asked me about it, and I came close to answering those questions in this book. But at this point, the fact Jed is a zombie is more important than how and why.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’ve got a few ideas that will once again break through the horror-humor barrier. I love messing with genre stereotypes.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks, it was great to be here. And sorry about the stain. I should have waited for the coaster.
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