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A.S. King: The Official Hideout


AUTHOR. THINKER. JUGGLER.

 

About A.S. King

A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review King is the author of many acclaimed novels and has won the Michael L. Printz Award, a Michael L. Printz Honor, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Amelia Walden Award, The Carolyn Field Award, and in 2022 received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her lasting contribution for young adult literature.

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Official Reading Guide

Teachers! Book clubs! Here is a link to download the official Reading Guide for ATTACK OF THE BLACK RECTANGLES. 

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Attack of the Black Rectangles

Middle Grade  --  Scholastic  --  Out Now!

Award-winning author Amy Sarig King takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write.


When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen's The Devil’s Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends discover what the missing words are, he's outraged.

Someone in his school is trying to prevent kids from reading the full story.

But who?

Even though his unreliable dad tells him to not get so emotional about a book (or anything else), Mac has been raised by his mom and grandad to call out things that are wrong. He and his friends head to the principal's office to protest the censorship... but her response doesn't take them seriously.

So many adults want Mac to keep his words to himself.

Mac's about to see the power of letting them out.

In Attack of the Black Rectangles, acclaimed author Amy Sarig King shows all the ways truth can be hard... but still worth fighting for.

⭐️ “Poignant, humorous, and bright . . . Whip-smart, tuned in to the mind of sixth-graders, and beautifully concluded, the novel takes a bold stand in a time of book bans and rampant censorship . . . Against the backdrop of family issues, first crushes, and the end of elementary school, this is a beacon of hope for middle grades and an object lesson in treating kids like the intelligent readers they are.”—Booklist, starred review


⭐️ “[Amy Sarig King’s] respect for young people is exemplary, and her characters indelible.”—Horn Book, starred review


⭐️ “Skillfully encourages keeping open minds and extending grace to the oblivious and hostile alike . . . A searingly relevant opus to intellectual freedom.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


⭐️ “King’s latest novel is so timely and relevant, some readers may feel like the author has been privy to what’s going on in their own schools . . . A striking book on censorship; a must-have in all middle grade classrooms and school libraries.”—School Library Journal, starred review


“King empathetically tackles the intersections of multiple sensitive topics—mental health, patriarchy and sexism, war’s realities, whitewashed history—while educating readers on the power of protest and the benefits of living with grace.”—Publishers Weekly

 
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Tasting Light

Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perception -- Coming October 2022

What does the future hold? Ten speculative short stories by leading young-adult authors imagine what the world could be through the lens of technologies emerging today.

When the modification industry transforms how humans look, sound, and interact, a nonbinary teen braves the “reinvention room” to accept a gift from the dead. In an accidental city in space, a young apprentice holds neighborhoods together with braided carbon filaments until distraction and inspiration arrive in the wake of a visitor. Entitlement-fueled drug use alters the landscape of white privilege, robots remember the Earth, and corporate “walkers” stroll for unknown subscribers—until one hacks the system.

In tales buzzing with possibility, hope, innovation, anger, and tenderness, Tasting Light offers a dazzling ch

 

Interview

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NEWS

In January, Amy won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for a significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The award recognizes "an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world."

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“King miraculously blends the sharp, astute precision of a poet with all the humor of Kurt Vonnegut. I cracked up and cried in equal measure. All in all, Switch provides a moving commentary on humanity’s struggle for kindness in the race against time.”—Buzzfeed on Switch

 
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SWITCH

AVAILABLE NOW AT ANY FINE BOOKSELLER

A surreal and timely novel about isolation and human connection from Michael L. Printz Award winner A.S. King.

Time has stopped. It's been June 23, 2020 for nearly a year as far as anyone can tell. Frantic adults demand teenagers focus on finding practical solutions to the worldwide crisis. Not everyone is on board though.


Javelin-throwing prodigy Truda Becker is pretty sure her "Solution Time" class won't solve the world's problems, but she does have a few ideas what might. Truda lives in a house with a switch that no one ever touches, a switch her father protects every day by nailing it into hundreds of progressively larger boxes. But Truda's got a crow bar, and one way or another, she's going to see what happens when she flips the switch.

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"Timely and extraordinary, teen readers will find themselves immersed in this timeless world.”—SLJ


"An unsettling but emotionally resonant novel for our own unsettling times."—Bookpage

“A work of literary genius.”—Booklist 

“Printz Award winner King returns with another surrealist masterpiece.”—Kirkus 

“Poignant, propulsive, and profound.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Switch in Aus / NZ / UK / IRE

August 3, 2021

Switch has come to Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland through my lovely Australian publisher, Text. Available where fine books are sold!

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NEWS & Articles

SWITCH Media

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Bookpage Interview

May 2021

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The Liar's Club Oddcast Interview (Podcast)

April 30, 2021

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Martha Brockenbrough & A.S. King in Conversation at Third Place Books

Recorded May 14, 2021

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Cory McCarthy & A.S. King in conversation at Brookline Booksmith

Recorded May 19, 2021

 

NEWS & Articles

A.S. King's DIG wins the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award

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Paperback Release Interview

June 30, 2020

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The Virtual Printz Ceremony

June 28, 2020

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Horn Book: Five Questions for A.S. King about Dig.

February 12, 2020

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DIG Unraveled: The Yarn Podcast with Colby Sharp

February 9, 2020

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DIG wins the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award

January 27, 2020

 

The Year we fell from space

Amy Sarig King's most recent Middle Grade book. Now in paperback. Read more about Amy's Middle Grade adventures by clicking below.

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DIG.

Winner of the 2020 Michael L. Printz Medal

★"King’s narrative concerns are racism, patriarchy, colonialism, white privilege, and the ingrained systems that perpetuate them. [Her] trademark surrealism and trenchant prose will speak profoundly to a generation of young people who are waking up to the societal sins of the past and working toward a more equitable future.” —The Horn Book, starred


★"This visceral examination of humanity’s flaws and complexity […] cultivates hope in a younger generation that’s wiser and stronger than its predecessors.”—Booklist, starred 


“[This] strange and heart-wrenching tale is stunningly original.”—Kirkus 


“[P]rofound ... offers hope that at least some of these characters will dig themselves out from under the legacy of hate they have unwillingly inherited.”—Publishers Weekly  

 

"Anyone who thinks YA books can't also

be great literature needs to read A.S. King"

--The Irish Times

 

Love Letter to My Independent Bookstore

Dear Aaron's,


For more than ten years you have stood by me, supported me and my family, been close friends, and have hand-sold my books as if they were your own.

Thank you for taking a risk on a weird pirate lady and her crew. I love you. 


Love, Amy 


YOU CAN ALWAYS GET SIGNED A.S. KING BOOKS FROM AARON'S BOOKS IN LITITZ, PA.

SHOP LOCAL. BE RAD.   

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The Dust of 100 Dogs

A.S. King's novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs will be re-released from Dutton on October 3, 2017. 

Called "undeniably original" by Booklist, this was King's first YA novel. 

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.

 

Vera Down Under

January 29, 2018

Australia & New Zealand, are you ready for Please Ignore Vera Dietz? I am. 

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I Crawl Through It 

named one of the 50 Best YA Books of All Time

In 2017, Booklist celebrated 50 years of Young Adult literature as S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders turned 50 years old.  Click here to see the full list of titles. 

"King’s devotion to a passionately experimental style, in a genre often beholden to formula, is inspiring. Kurt Vonnegut might have written a book like this.” --New York Times Book Review on I Crawl Through It

 

STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO

OCTOBER, 2016, DUTTON

"Moving, unapologetically strange, skillfully constructed. Read this book, whatever your age.You may find it’s the exact shape and size of the hole in your heart.”
New York Times Book Review

"Surreal and thought-provoking."—People Magazine

☆ "Lack of original ideas is not something found in work by A.S. King, who blurs reality, truth, violence, emotion, creativity, and art in a show of respect for YA readers."—Horn Book Magazine (starred review)

Five starred trade reviews

NAIBA Best Book 2017
Booklist Top of the List winner—Youth Fiction 2016
Shelf Awareness Best Teen Book 2016
Bookpage Best Teen Book 2016
New York Times
Notable Children's Book 2016
Barnes & Noble Best Young Adult Books of 2016
Bustle's Best YA Books of 2016
a School Library Journal best book of 2016
a Publishers Weekly best book of 2016
Junior Library Guild selection
An Apple iBooks Best book for October
a Bustle best book of October
Teen Vogue best book of October

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STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO AUDIOBOOK

From Listening Library. Read by Karissa Vacker.

Winner of Audiofile magazine's Earphones Award!

"The skills of author and narrator make a seamless transition into magical realism."

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