Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Ryan, C. (2009). The Forest of Hands and Teeth. New York: Delacorte.

Image credit: Carrie Ryan

In a post-apocalyptic world of zombies a teenager must find courage to protect the ones she loves.


What lies beyond the fences in the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Mary is like any other teenager; she falls in love, she is rebellious, and she has had a best friend since she was little. But Mary's world is post-apocalyptic and overrun with undead cannibals who threaten her existence. When the village fences succumb to the relentless undead, Mary is forced to flee with a small group of friends. And so begins a journey for truth, safety, and a world long forgotten. Will Mary find what she is looking for in the Forest of Hands and Teeth?


I think about how fragile we are here—like fish in a glass bowl with darkness pressing in on every side.


  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection
  • Borders Original Voices finalist
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
  • Denver Public Library Best Teen Books, 2009
  • Georgia Peach Book AwardNomination, 2010-2011
  • IndieBound Kids' Indie Next List for Spring 2009, #4
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age List, 2010
  • New York Times Best Seller
  • North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award Nomination
  • Texas Library Association TAYSHAS High School Reading list, 2010-2011

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