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A heartbreaking story of a talented teenage artist’s surreal awakening to the unoriginal brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.
Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has “done the art.” She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she explores the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t quite recall.
After decades of staying together “for the kids” and building a family on a foundation of lies and violence, Sarah’s parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original —and yet it still hurts. Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of everyday abuse and survival that will linger with readers long after the last page.
The Horn Book Best Books of 2015...A Booklist Best Book of 2015...BookPage Best Books of 2015...A Junior Library Guild Selection...Bookpage October Top Pick...A Nerdy Award Winner...
"This is King's masterpiece...Brilliant, paranoid, poetic, funny."
--Andrew Smith, Printz Honor author of Grasshopper Jungle
"A.S. King has penned an absorbing Rorschach test of a book that, as you turn its pages, manages to read you."
Our big explosion is coming any day now. Can’t you hear the ticking?
Four accomplished teenagers are on the verge of explosion. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope—but no one is listening.
So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away from the pressure…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.
The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience—and find the way out.
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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
New York Times Editor's Choice, A Junior Library Guild Pick for Fall 2014, ABA Best Book 2014, A Winter 2014/15 Indie Next Pick, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2014, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2014, The Boston Globe's Best YA Novels of 2014, BookPage Best Teen Books of 2014, Bustle.com Top 25 Young Adult Novels of 2014, Mashable's 10 Best YA Books of 2014, Booklist Editors' Choice 2014, A Cybils Award Nominee in Speculative YA, A Nerdy Award winner, 2015 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, 2015 YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks pick, 2015 Amelia Bloomer list pick...
* “King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. Beautifully strange, entirely memorable.” —School Library Journal (starred)
* “A novel full of provocative ideas and sharply observed thoughts about the pressures society places on teenagers, especially girls.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
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.
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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, A Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Books for October, 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, Winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten, A 2014 Tayshas High School Top Ten Reading List Pick...
“Fearless and brilliant, a seething pressure cooker of a masterpiece.”
—Andrew Smith, author of 100 Sideways Miles, Grasshopper Jungle, and Winger
“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 and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
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.
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Ask the Passengers
2012 Los Angeles Book Prize winner, 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Honor book, Carolyn Field Award winner, 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices pick, A 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, A 2013 Capitol Choices book, An ALA GLBTRT Rainbow List Top Ten pick, A Kirkus Best Book of 2012, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2012, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, A Library Journal Best Books 2012: Young Adult Literature for Adults book, A Fall 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection, A Fall 2012 Indie Next List Pick, A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, 2014 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, Tennessee's Volunteer State Book Award nominee, A 2014 Tayshas High School Top Ten Reading List Pick and many more state list nominations......
“So special and perfect and true and right. . . I'll hold it in my heart forever.”—Lauren Myracle, author of Shine
"King continues to expertly plumb the lovely numbness of a young person struck by emotional paralysis...Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking achievement."—Booklist (starred)
Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by sending her love to the passengers in the airplanes flying overhead. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it.
Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to--another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.
In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love.
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Everybody Sees the Ants
2012 ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults pick, Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, A Junior Library Guild Selection, A 2012 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, A Cybils Award Finalist, An Andre Norton Award Nominee, a Pennsylvania School Librarian Association's 2011 Top 40 List, 2013 Tayshas High School Reading List, Gateway Award Nominee, and many more state list nominations...
"A psychological thriller full of magic and realism and hard won truth. Funny and serious all at once in a way that only a great, enduring book can be."—Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
"King’s themes of torture, physical and emotional imprisonment, and bullying connect in satisfying ways in this improbably witty and heartwarming story."—The Horn Book (Starred)
Lucky Linderman doesn't want to wake up.
Lucky didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
But Lucky has a secret - one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos - the prison his grandfather couldn't escape - where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life might just be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny, and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Michael L. Printz Honor Book 2011, 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, A Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2010, An Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2011 nominee, Indie Next List Pick for Teens, Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens 2010, Cooperative Children's Book Center's CCBC Choices 2011, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee 2011, Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2011, Michigan Thumbs Up! Award nominee, TAYSHAS High School Reading List nominee, Pennsylvania School Librarian Association's 2010 Top 40 List, Nominee for the 2012-2013 South Carolina Book Awards, Georgia Peach Award Nominee 2012-2013, Florida Teen Reads Nominee 2012-2013 and many more state list nominations......
“The book is deeply suspenseful and profoundly human.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Brilliant. Funny. Really special."—Ellen Hopkins, author of NYT bestselling Crank, Glass and Tricks
Eighteen-year-old Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, or even the police. But will she emerge and clear his name? Does she even want to?
An edgy, gripping story, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
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The Dust of 100 Dogs
An Indie Next Pick, A Cybils Award Finalist, YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Pick...
"A remarkable and compelling story for readers seeking something out of the ordinary."—VOYA
"Exciting, fascinating, spellbinding.”—Heather Brewer, author of NYT Bestselling The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
"Disheartening and terrifying one minute and twisted and fun the next."—Omnivoracious
In the late 17th century, famed pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs, dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body—with her memories intact.
Now she's a contemporary American teenager, and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.
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- THE DUST OF 100 DOGS (Flux, Feb 2009) (Translation: Italian)
- PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ (Knopf, Fall 2010) (Translation: German, Spanish language Mex/LA, Turkish, Korean, Portuguese/Brazil)
- EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS (Little, Brown, Fall 2011) (Translation: German educational in English, Portuguese, Brazil/world)
- ASK THE PASSENGERS (Little, Brown, Fall 2012) (Translation: Portuguese, Brazil/world)
- REALITY BOY (Little, Brown 2013) (Translation: Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Brazil/world)
- GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE (Little, Brown, Fall 2014) (Translation: Portuguese, Brazil/world, Turkish)
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Collections & Anthologies
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Monica Never Shuts Up
A dozen stories featuring a mouthful of lottery tickets, a giant cow, two yachts, a six-pack of Fresca, and Monica, who never shuts up.
When Liz and Reg find their dream house, they don’t expect to find Lois and her magical Fresca. Same as Deirdre doesn’t expect to find what she finds in the trash bin. Debra can’t help but send pieces of herself to her ex-husband same as Jim can’t help thinking about the pieces of men that are taken without permission.
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One Death, Nine Stories
Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts—first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It's an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.
"Complex and emotionally demanding, this collection aims for and will resonate with serious readers of realistic fiction."—Kirkus Reviews
"Consistently moving and authentically voiced."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and thoroughly thought-provoking."—PW
"This is a fresh, smart collection with a can’t-lose subject."—Kirkus Reviews
A travesty. A violation. An ecstasy. A disappointment. An instant. A lie. A theft. A rite of passage. Whatever you call it, there's only one first time.
A.S. King, Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, Mary Hooper, and Andrew Smith. Some of today's leading international YA authors contributed to this hard-hitting collection of original short stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting but all revolving around the same subject—virginity.
Break These Rules
Middle grades and young adult authors speak candidly on the unspoken “rules” of adolescence in this collection of moving, inspiring, and often funny essays. This unique volume encourages readers to break with conformity and defy age-old, and typically inaccurate, orthodoxy—including such conventions as Boys can’t be gentle, kind, or caring; One must wear Abercrombie & Fitch in order to fit in; Girls should act like girls; and One must go to college after finishing high school.
With contributions from acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning young adult authors, this collection encourages individuality by breaking traditionally held norms, making it an ideal resource for tweens and teens.
Dear Bully Anthology
"This anthology of personal essays provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard: the bullied, the bystander and the bully himself are all represented. Their words will be a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics.”—The New York Times