The Forest of Hands and Teeth

By: Carrie Ryan

Mary dreams of a world beyond her village. But she also knows how impossible that dream is; according to the Sisters, no other village still exists. The Unconsecrated, the undead who claw at the village's fence, have infected everyone outside it. But one day the impossible happens: a normal, healthy-looking young woman emerges from the forest outside the village. Her presence gives Mary hope. It is hope she needs when, soon after, the Unconsecrated breach the village fence. To survive, Mary must escape from the village into the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

ISBN: 9780385906319

JLG Release: Apr 2009


Sensitive Areas: Violence,
Topics: Zombies , Belief , Loss , Grief , Marriage proposals , Responsibility , Fences , Death , Choices , Childhood stories , Convents , Injuries , Love , Secrets , Outsiders , Duty , Vows , Secret passages , Dreams , Invasions , Escape , Survival , Infection , Roman numerals , Villages , Safety , Isolation , Preparing for a disaster , Curiosity , Photographs , Rivalry , Killing , Fear , Sacrifice , Fire , Taking a risk , The ocean , Rescue

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Only a fence separates Mary's village from the Unconsecrated--zombielike creatures that must be kept at bay in order for her primitive post-apocalyptic community, governed by a religious sisterhood, to survive. This inventive horror story combines mystery, romance, and suspense as it records Mary's quest to search beyond the barrier for alternative Only a fence separates Mary's village from the Unconsecrated--zombielike creatures that must be kept at bay in order for her primitive post-apocalyptic community, governed by a religious sisterhood, to survive. This inventive horror story combines mystery, romance, and suspense as it records Mary's quest to search beyond the barrier for alternatives to the life she has always known.

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The zombies in The Forest of Hands and Teeth are both frightening and familiar—and what’s most frightening is their familiarity. “People in our village have gone mad from seeing their loved ones as Unconsecrated,” Mary says. Several pages later, Mary’s mother gets bitten, having wandered too close to the fence after seeing her husb The zombies in The Forest of Hands and Teeth are both frightening and familiar—and what’s most frightening is their familiarity. “People in our village have gone mad from seeing their loved ones as Unconsecrated,” Mary says. Several pages later, Mary’s mother gets bitten, having wandered too close to the fence after seeing her husband on the other side. While the infection takes hold, turning her mother into a zombie, Mary stays close by. “I can’t decide if I want to watch my mother Return. If I can bear to see it. But I can’t help but wonder what that moment is like. Is there a spark or an instant where she will remember me? Where she will remember her old life from before?”

After her mother becomes Unconsecrated and disappears into the Forest, Mary is haunted by her memory. But she finds joy in new love. Mary has been sent to join the ranks of the Sisterhood, the religious order that rules the village. One night, Mary’s friend Travis is brought to the Cathedral, requiring medical attention. Mary treats him and prays with him, and, over time, they secretly grow closer, even sharing a stolen kiss. But tragedy strikes again when the Sisters forbid her to see Travis and expel her from the Cathedral. Alone, Mary has no choice but to accept a marriage proposal from Travis’s older brother, Harry, who has loved Mary all his life. However, when the Unconsecrated break through the fence, Mary, Travis, and Harry are all members of the small party that escapes into the Forest. Even as they flee for their lives, heartbreak follows them.

Suspenseful and sensitively written, The Forest of Hands and Teeth breathes new life into the genre of the undead.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385906319

First Release

April 2009

Genre

Horror.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.2; Points: 21;

Lexile

Level 900L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence,

Topics

Zombies, Belief, Loss, Grief, Marriage proposals, Responsibility, Fences, Death, Choices, Childhood stories, Convents, Injuries, Love, Secrets, Outsiders, Duty, Vows, Secret passages, Dreams, Invasions, Escape, Survival, Infection, Roman numerals, Villages, Safety, Isolation, Preparing for a disaster, Curiosity, Photographs, Rivalry, Killing, Fear, Sacrifice, Fire, Taking a risk, The ocean, Rescue,

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