Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.

In Something Strange and Deadly, the first book in a trilogy, Susan Dennard weaves together vividly imagined scenes of action, adventure, and gorgeous Victorian fashion to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers who love Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series will be intrigued from the start.


About Susan Dennard

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Debut novelist Susan Dennard enjoyed a stint as a marine biologist before returning to her roots as a writer. Originally from the US, she now enjoys life abroad with her husband. If you'd like to learn more about her, you can visit her online at
Published July 24, 2012 by HarperTeen. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once readers accept Eleanor’s casual response to the animated corpses—she recovers awfully quickly from her initial close encounter—they are in for an enjoyably breathless, if slightly disgusting romp.

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Open Book Society

Well, that and the fact that there’s a maddeningly stubborn and handsome inventor and possibly even the fact that it’s set in 1876.

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City Book Review

Susan Dennard has created a world in historical Philadelphia where zombies walk the streets, Necromancer’s lurk behind the scenes, and a girl bred from high upbringing longs for a life of adventure and a little bit of danger.

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Common Sense Media

In a couple of scenes, protagonist Eleanor's mother, intent on marrying her daughter off to help the family financially, makes Eleanor go without eating to prevent her from gaining weight.

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Grave Tells

With the dead rising in Philadelphia and her brother somehow connected, Eleanor turns to the Spirit Hunters, an organization that protects the living from the dead, and is where she first meets Daniel.

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The Daily Quirk

It feels like these days it’s impossible for a young adult book not to be part of a series if it’s paranormal, dystopian, fantasy – basically any genre besides contemporary.

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