From the author of Play Me Backwards and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It comes a “narrative brimming with delightfully macabre irreverence” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) about one teen’s unusual summer job as a ghost tour guide in Chicago.
Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings…
When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed.
When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself.
And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by euthanizing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help.
But soon she learns people in the murdermonger industry are being murdered, and doesn’t know who it is doing it. Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan?
After she realizes she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can’t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her…
Adam Selzer lived in Des Moines back before it was cool, then tried out a series of small Georgia towns that will probably never be cool before settling in Chicago. In addition to several books on Chicago history and ghostlore, he’s the author of several young adult and middle grade novels, including Play Me Backwards, How To Get Suspended and Influence People (which is part of the ALA’s Banned Books Week packet), I Kissed a Zombie and I liked It, and Sparks (under the name SJ Adams, a Stonewall Honor book for 2013). He has seen Bob Dylan in concert more than forty times, holds a world record for “Most Richard Nixon jokes in a Children’s Book,” and often performs music, both solo and with various bands, at science fiction conventions. Visit him online at AdamSelzer.com.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2016)
"Ominous, unsettling, and dripping with snark, Just Kill Me is a delicious dark comedy that will leave readers jumping at shadows and waiting for a knife in the back. The ending still haunts me."
– Delilah S. Dawson, author of Hit
"Just Kill Me is a hilarious punch to the brain. Quirky and full of Chicago ghost history, I raced through the pages to see who would go from murdermonger to good old fashioned murderer. I loved every page!"
– Demitria Lunetta, author of In The End
"A message to all weird and wonderful morbid kids– you've found your new heroine."
– Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and creator of the YouTube series Ask a Mortician
*"Selzer has outdone himself with a narrative brimming with delightfully macabre irreverence, mystery, and the growing pains of self-acceptance."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"From its oddball deadly heroine to its unconventional genre-mixing to its surprising final act, much about this novel is memorable...The creep factor is perfectly executed and, as in any good ghost tour, relies more on storytelling technique than guts and gore.”
"Funny, ominous, and infused with a dose of facts about Chicago’s murderous past, appealing for history buffs and wannabe ghostbusters alike."