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Kirsty McKay is the author of Undead, a wickedly funny zombie-comedy for teens
Now a full time writer, Kirsty originally started out as an actress. She went on to write for the theatre and has written extensively for commercial theatre both in the UK and North America.
Kirsty recently turned her hand to writing children’s fiction. In 2008, Kirsty’s work was included in SCBWI's Undiscovered Voices anthology as part of their annual competition to find new writers. Kirsty was born in the North East of England, but now lives with her husband and small daughter in the United States.
Kirsty appears in this video, the Undead zombie survival guide.
The pupils of Umfraville School are super-bright, super privileged but pretty well cut-off from the outside world, stuck on a windy Welsh island with no internet connection. Who can blame them then for spicing up their life by devising a game that channels Lord of the Flies via Wink Murder! Harmless fun? Not so for the participants though certainly so for readers. Cate is delighted to be selected to play, but the pressure to identify the killer is on when people start to get properly hurt. There are three main suspects, and each of them has a romantic connection to Cate… Dark, full of black humour, and with a twist no-one will see coming, this does for boarding school stories what Hot Fuzz did for The Bill. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher Here’s the thing – I’m a chicken. No, really! I’m a real scaredy pants when it comes to those murder in the dark games. So I would be the worst person ever to get caught up in the seriously scary game in Kirsty McKay’s frankly funny but increasingly terrifying boarding-school-on-a-remote-island caper! I couldn’t guess who the Killer was – and I bet you can’t either!
Big, green and ugly, Ogden the Ogre doesn’t look like a likely person to find on the dance floor. But despite his size and dodgy coordination, Ogden loves to dance. When Ogden meets a young girl in the woods and promises not to eat her, he lands himself his first dancing lesson. Will Ogden be able to find a partner and fulfil his dancing dreams? A delightfully entertaining story perfectly imagined in Chris Judge’s illustrations.
Hold on tight for a rollercoaster, white knuckle ride. It opens with a nightmare bus crash from hell that leaves Bobby alive but his best mate missing. Does she dare risk everything and set foot not just in enemy zombie infested territory but a new nightmare enemy too in an attempt to find her friend? The action comes thick and fast. A message from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham: 'No I don't want to get back on the bus. Please don't make me. Kirsty, do I have to? You're sure those zombies are safe this time? You're not? Then don't leave me, please. HELP, SOMEONE, HELP!
'A kick-ass teen-action zombie-fest. Fast, furious, freaky, funny and seriously sick. Oh, and did I mention it kicks ass ?' Charlie Higson, bestselling author of The Enemy and The Dead. This was the book that every publisher was trying to get their hands on when the author's literary agent first showed it. It's an unstoppable sharply-observed and hormone-laden horror-thriller-drama-comedy with a hint of romance about a bunch of ordinary teenagers on a school trip like no other. A Piece of Passion from the author's publisher: So why do we love being scared? Probably because it takes us to the very brink of our personality - and why we often don't know whether to cry with laughter or scream in panic! It certainly brings out the best - and worst - among the stranded teens in this story. And of course that's what the author Kirsty McKay plays on so well, adding the masterful twist that the attackers seem at first from the comedy-end of terror tales. I mean Zombies, get real. Oh, they are. You can also check out Kirsty McKay's website by clicking here. We also asked YOU to tell us what you think of this book. A few months ago, we searched for 10 kids to review Undead for us. You can see what they said about the book in the review section below.
What do you give a dancing ogre with great big feet? Lots of space! Ogden loves to dance to the funky beat, and the disco ball is coming up. But there's a fiendish creature on the loose who wants to put a jam in everyone's plans. Ogden better not get too ogre-eager if he wants to catch the monster...
Ogden is a gnarly, man-eating ogre . . . with the dream of becoming a dancer. But no one will dance with him - not when they think they're going to be his next meal! Then Ogden meets Willow, a gutsy girl who lives in a tree house in the woods. She makes a deal with him: if he'll stop eating humans, she'll teach him to dance. But there are fouler creatures than ogres in the forest, and they might just scupper Ogden's dancing dreams . . . Illustrated throughout by the talented and award-winning Chris Judge Shrek meets Strictly Come Dancing!
The good news: Bobby survived her Undead school trip. Bad news: her best mate, Smitty, is missing. Bobby knows she's got to find him . even if it means risking it all and going out into the starving-zombie-infested wastelands again. Even if it means taking fellow survivors - including a couple of old frenemies - along for the ride. And even if the zombies are not the only ones who are chasing them this time.