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This month the Epic Reads Book Club is reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard – the first in a dark, funny, steampunk, Victorian fantasy trilogy.


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Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.


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Why We Chose It For Our Book Club:

–– If you love reading books about the walking dead or enjoy a good 19th century novel, this is the book for YOU!

–– Eleanor Fitt is a true heroine of her time that even modern girls can relate to. We promise you’ll be totally inspired by her and will be dying to chat about her with your girlfriends.

–– There’s just something about forbidden love…we’ve all been there. Now discuss…



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The Characters:

Eleanor Fitt of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard


Name: Eleanor Abigail Fitt

Age: 16

Position: Young Lady of High Society

Favorite Food: Garlic butter biscuits or spicy chocolate croissants

Weapon of Choice: Parasol

Favorite Book: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Strengths: Brave, Clever

Weaknesses: Curiosity, Impulsiveness


Daniel Sheridan of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard


Name: Daniel Patrick Sheridan

Age: 19

Position: Inventor for the Spirit-Hunters

Favorite Activity:Experimenting with new inventions

Favorite Food: Peach pie

Favorite Book: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Strengths: Resourceful, loyal

Weaknesses: Short-tempered, secretive





Name: Jie Chen

Age: 19

Position: Bodyguard and “muscle” for the Spirit-Hunters

Favorite Activity: Beating up the Dead

Favorite Food: Ginger tofu fah and candied ginger

Weapon of Choice: Baseball Bat

Strengths: Fearless, Agile

Weaknesses: Quick to judge, Gruff




Name: Joseph-Alexandre Boyer

Age: 24

Position: Leader of the Spirit-Hunters

Favorite Activity: Blasting the Dead back to the spirit realm

Favorite Food: Beignets

Favorite Accessory: Top hat

Strengths: Dependable, Strong leader

Weaknesses: Unyielding



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