''Junior High of the Dead'' is the first book in the Junior High of the Dead series by Todd Dawson-Cooper. It has been in production since mid 2010 and is currently being released online for free reading via Figment.

''Junior High of the Dead'' takes place June 29th, 2010 and follows Liam Kendall, a seventh grade student at Algonquin Elementary School. While carrying down boxes for his teachers, Liam and others find themselves unwillingly caught in the possible extinction of mankind, the zombie apocalypse. Barely escaping with their lives and seeking refuge from the inescapable terror, the group learns quickly that they may have to fight against themselves and others if they want to survive.
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!!Junior High of the Dead contains examples of:
* ''Main/AllOfTheOtherReindeer'': Liam clearly mentions being mocked by other children throughout his lifetime.
* ''Main/AlwaysSaveTheGirl'': Liam repeatedly saves Heather from numerous zombie attacks throughout the story.
* ''Main/AnyoneCanDie'': Though the deaths towards the start of the book are rather predictable, shit hits the fan later on leading to some unexpected deaths.
* ''Main/AwesomeButImpractical'': Dylan's katana. Prior to the events of the book, Dylan has had no training in swords and only uses it twice.
* ''Main/BetterToDieThanBeKilled'': [[spoiler:Kurt]] who decides to stay and [[spoiler:blow up the C4 rigged variety store]] after being injured. Knowing that his injury would only cause him a slower and more painful death later on.
* ''Main/BlackAndGrayMorality''
* ''Main/CatholicSchoolgirlsRule'': Heather is a former French-Immersion Catholic School student.
* ''Main/CaughtWithYourPantsDown'': [[spoiler:Heather]] catches [[spoiler:Liam]] in the nude as she rushes into the change room after him. [[spoiler:Liam is rushing to the room to take a shower and wash off the blood of the deceased Kurt]].
* ''Main/ChildProdigy'': The characters of Junior High of the Dead are referenced to be this by an adult character later in the story, to which Liam corrects the character and tells them that "It's just the way twelve year olds are these days."
* ''Main/ChildSoldiers'': Somewhat averted considering it's the ''ZombieApocalypse''
* ''Main/CueTheRain'': It almost constantly rains in Junior High of the Dead, though its intensity seems to change depending on the scene.
* ''Main/DaylightHorror'': Junior High of the Dead takes place entirely during daylight hours.
* ''Main/DeathBySex'': Both [[spoiler:Liam]] and [[spoiler:Heather]] die a mere chapter after their intercourse session.
* ''Main/DownerEnding'': [[spoiler: Kurt and Heather die. When the group finds rescue via helicopter, Liam stays behind to his fate as the city is afterwards sterilized.]]
* ''Main/FantasyGunControl'': None of the main characters ever use a gun throughout the story, due to their near impossibility to find. The only two survivors seen with a gun are one of the store bandits, and the "Rooftop Survivor".
* ''Main/GhostCity'': London is potrayed as this throughout Junior High of the Dead.
* ''Main/TheHeroDies'': [[spoiler:Liam]].
* ''Main/HeroicResolve'' Liam shows examples of this repeatedly throughout the story.
* ''Main/HighSchoolDance'': Shortly after his first encounter with a zombie, Liam rushes into the school gymnasium which is holding a dance.
* ''Main/HopeSpot'': Happens twice, first when [[spoiler:Liam and the others head towards Edison Bell Elementary for refuge, only to find it in ruin.]] and later on when [[spoiler:Liam and Heather learn they can escape the city by helicopter, however unfortunately Heather is killed directly afterwards]].
* ''Main/HumansAreTheRealMonsters'': The whole story contains examples of this.
* ''[[{{Main/ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe}} I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me]]'': Liam admits this to [[spoiler:Heather]] later in the story.
* ''Main/IJustWantToHaveFriends'': Liam throughout the second chapter of Junior High of the Dead.
* ''Main/JuniorHigh''
* ''Main/JustAKid'': Liam and the others are pointed out to be such.
* ''Main/LateToTheTragedy'' By the time Liam and the other survivors escape Algonquin Elementary School, they find the rest of the city is already in ruin.
* ''Main/ManipulativeBastard'' Kevin Manson.
* ''Main/TheMourningAfter'': [[spoiler:Heather's]] death is the reason [[spoiler:Liam chooses to stay in the zombie-infested city while the others are rescued.]]
* ''Main/NoFEMAResponse'': Somewhat averted as it's mere hours into the infection.
* ''Main/NukeEm'': Final Zombie Solution. [[spoiler:Occurs at the end of Junior High of the Dead and is the reason Liam dies.]]
* ''Main/OurZombiesAreDifferent'': Junior High of the Dead features both the living and fast infected, alongside the slow mindless undead.
* ''Main/PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath'': Used literally. The clouds rarely break in Junior High of the Dead.
* ''Main/TheReasonYouSuckSpeech'': Kevin delivers one of these to Liam in an attempt to break him, that nearly works.
* ''Main/SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong'': One of the reasons for Liam's ''Main/HeroicResolve''.
* ''Main/ShutUpHannibal'': Liam does this to [[spoiler:Kevin]] towards the middle of the story by [[spoiler:stabbing him]] almost mid-sentance.
* ''Main/SignificantReferenceDate'' Junior High of the Dead is to be released on June 29th, 2013, three years after the events of the said novel.
* ''Main/SugarAndIcePersonality'' Liam. Shown through his humor and smartass comments but also through his cold and rather dark emotionless side [[spoiler: first seen when he stabs Kevin.]]
* ''Main/TechnicallyLivingZombie'' The infected are still alive, however upon death reanimate into zombies.
* ''Main/TheirFirstTime'' [[spoiler: Liam and Heather.]]
* ''Main/TitleConfusion'' Junior High of the Dead is often confused with ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''.
* ''Main/TitleOfTheDead''
* ''Main/ATragedyOfImpulsiveness'' Liam [[spoiler: stabbing Kevin]] without concious thought of consequences ends up leading to the death of [[spoiler: Sara, Kurt, Heather and Liam himself.]]
* ''Main/TragicHero'' Liam.
* ''Main/TwistEnding'' Right as the survivors gain word of an evacuation by helicopter [[spoiler: Heather is killed and Liam chooses to stay behind.]]
* ''Main/UndeadChild'' Considering that the majority of the story takes place in a school.
* ''Main/WhatTheHellHero'' Liam continuously suprises the survivors throughout the course of the story.
* ''Main/YouAreNotAlone'' [[spoiler: Mourning shortly after Heather is killed Liam is approached by Dylan and the other survivors who he had recently abandoned him.]]
* ''Main/YoungerThanTheyLook'' Liam is mentioned as appearing older than his actual age of twelve.
* ''Main/ZombieApocalypse''