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"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. "
New York Times Book Review

 

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You have arrived at the improved Official Hideout for A.S. King. We're glad you're here. 

This home page used to be full of book information, but since I have a BOOKS PAGE, I reckoned I should make use of it. On the BOOKS PAGE you will find information about all my books and anthologies, links to more information and buy links, as well as discussion guides for each book. 

You can find more about me on the AUTHOR PAGE, including information for your book report or article or if you just want to find out what books I read or love. If you're looking for a bio for an event, contact me. 

My CONTACT PAGE is pretty self explanatory. On it, you will find links to sub-rights and film agents. You will also find the email link to contact my event coordinator. And of course you can contact me through the contact form there. 

If you are interested in having me come to your library or school or university classrom or event to speak, go to my VISITS PAGE. You will find information about the programs I run as well as many endorsements from people who have welcomed me into their schools in the past. 

My TOUR PAGE is updated regularly and I only list public events there, so you can rest assured that you are very welcome to attend if I am coming to your area. At the top of my TOUR PAGE you will find a
link to my local independent bookstore where you can order books that I am happy to personalize and sign. 

So what's left for a home page? News, of course! News and links to audiobooks and cool t-shirts and anything else I feel like sharing.

You can always stay mega-updated by clicking on the BLOG link in the menu, which will take you to Here's Me Using the Word Blog in a Sentence, which is my official blog. My blog has many resources linked in the sidebar, so if you want more information about me or writing, check out the sidebar. For example, I have linked every post so far in the Writer's Middle Finger series, which has been a help to many writers at many stages of their careers. 

And of course, you can always stay up to date by following me on Twitter or Facebook by clicking on those pretty icons. --->

 
 
News
What's new? What's happening? 







FALL TOUR DATES!
Check the TOUR PAGE for more info.



ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
June 27-28, 2014

PALA Annual Conference
Lancaster, PA
September 28-29, 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future Launch Party
Aaron's Books
Lititz, PA
October 14, 2014
7pm
RSVP info to come.

West Coast times and locations TBA
October 15-17, 2014

Texas Teen Book Festival
Austin, TX
October 18, 2014

Boston Book Festival
Boston, MA
October 24-25, 2014

Lititz Lit Festival
Lititz, PA
November 1, 2014

 
 



Coming in 2014
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future


WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.


 

Available Now: REALITY BOY
 

“Timely, incisive, compassionate. All of A.S. King’s novels are must-reads.” —Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook



Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.  

 Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.  

 In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.


 

A New York Times Editors' Choice, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013, Winter 2014 ABA Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten, A Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Books for October 2013, A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week, A 2013 VOYA Perfect Ten Book, A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children, A 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book, A 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Book, A 2014 Tayshas High School Top Ten Reading List Pick...


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* "Heart-pounding and heartbreaking...This is no fairy-tale romance, but a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"As always, King’s societal critique is spot-on and scathing, this time examining the dehumanization wrought by reality television on its “stars” and on its viewers in order to feel better about themselves. Put down the remote and pick up Reality Boy—it’s a showstopper." The Horn Book Magazine


* "This is a story about healing, and although Gerald stumbles as he takes his first steps, his candor invites sympathy from the first page."
Publishers Weekly (starred)

* "King’s trademarks–attuned first-person narrative, convincing dialogue, realistic language, and fitting quirkiness–connect effectively in this disturbing, yet hopeful novel."SLJ (starred)

"We all know at least one teen who needs a book like this; I didn't know I needed it until I turned the last page."
—SLJTeen

"The TMZ-level draw of the premise will definitely pull readers in, but they’ll find a surprising amount to relate to in this smart and sympathetic story about breaking free from the world’s expectations." —The Bulletin

"Reality Boy showcases King's talent, telling a story that is as much about parental depression and denial as it is about teen rage. It's also about first love, celebrity, therapy and finding your own narrative despite the story your family--and sometimes the world--tells about you."—Shelf Awareness (starred)

"The hallmarks of [A.S. King's] strong work are there: magical realism, heightened emotion, and the steady, torturous, beautiful transition into self-assured inner peace."—Booklist

* "King’s writing is...better than ever—not one unneeded word slows the reader in racing through this intense and incredibly fresh plot. Kudos, Ms. King. More please."—VOYA
(starred)

"An emotional and difficult read, this story is also thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic."
—LMC (starred review) 

"Her books shouldn’t be shelved under ‘young adult,’
they should be shelved under ‘human.’"
--Liberty Hardy, BookRiot 


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“Fearless and brilliant, a seething pressure cooker of a masterpiece.”
Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger

"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly."
John GreenNew York Times Book Review

“A.S. King at her best, and maybe then some. This book is tough and funny and smart as hell.”
Chris Crutcher, author of Period 8 and Whale Talk
 
“REALITY BOY is a powerhouse of insight and empathy toward the people who cruise the fringes of acceptable behavior. A.S. King takes all kinds of risks and every single one pays off. Highly recommended.”
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FIRE & ASH 

“Reality Boy is A.S. King's best work to date. Touching and teeth-clenchingly emotional, this story is an important reminder that behind every reality show...may be a totally different reality.”
Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and 
Thousand Words


 

Books on Audio from Listening Library

Go to the A.S. King page at Random House Listening Library for a selection of audiobooks. 
Reality Boy is available through Hachette Audio Here.

 


 

 



 


 


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH:


This print, "Corona I" ©1994 Mark D. Thellmann, has been hanging above my desk since I started writing. Mark was a professor of mine at the Art Institute of Philadelphia back when cameras had film.

It's an enlarged reproduction of a manipulated Time-Zero Polaroid, which means the original was hand-manipulated as opposed to computer manipulated, and exists as a one-of-a-kind.
Probably somewhere in New Jersey.



 

 
 

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