City of the Dead
by Tony Abbott
Derek Stone is a slightly overweight 14-year-old who is partially deaf in his left ear. He lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans with his older brother Ronny and their father. At least he did until one day when everything changed forever. Now dead people are chasing him through the streets and he doesn't know why. With the help of some rather bizarre acquaintances, he must discover how to stop the walking dead before he becomes one of them. The tension starts in the first chapter with a train hanging off a cliff and continues through to the cliff-hanger of the final chapter. A fast scary read for boys in upper elementary and middle school.
I must add an additional disclaimer. I have since read books 2 and 3 in this series. They were interesting but even more intense and creepy than the first one. I definitely do not recommend these for young children. Teens and above should be fine reading them, though even a 16-year-old boy said they were pretty scary!