GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie by Wisconsin author Christine (C.A.) Verstraete was named the Young Adult novel winner in the 2013 Halloween Book Festival contest. Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts for "general excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story" and "the potential of the work to reach a wider audience."
In GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, 16-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes finds her life changed forever when she's infected with the Z-virus through an accidental scratch. Now as a part-zombie, she must cope with weird bodily changes and a strange new diet (no, not that!). As she and her other cousin fight off hungry Zs and search for their missing mothers, Becca's hopes to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation . . . before it is forever too late.
Midwest Book Review calls GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie "…a different type of zombie apocalypse story, especially recommended for fans of the genre!" The book is also included in the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series “Book Review Index.”
Verstraete is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer and author of a kid's mystery and a book on dollhouse miniatures. Several of her short stories and flash fiction have appeared in various anthologies. Learn more at her website www.cverstraete.com and blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com. Contest details are at http://www.halloweenbookfestival.com.