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A.S. King Visits THIS WEEK!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In preparation for our October 15th author visit from A.S. King – yes friends, that is in TWO DAYS! – I thought it would be a good time to reminisce about some of my favorite A.S. King books. She is one of my favorite go-to authors when I am in need of a book that will shake my reading list up a bit.

If you have not read King, I suggest going with one of two books: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future or Ask the Passengers. Both of these books ease you into Kings writing style; greeting you with depth of character and an unusual story that does an impeccable job presenting real life teen issues in a unique and powerful way. These change-of-pace books are sure to add great variety to any readers list.

17453303Glory O’Brien’s History of the 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.

13069935Ask the Passengers
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. They’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect the lives of strangers–and her own–for the better.

 If you are ready to jump right into a King book then I suggest Reality Boy:

17332968Reality Boy

A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” struggling to break free of his anger. Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV 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 at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Great news! If you are an avid King reader you’re in luck! Her new novel I Crawl Through It was released late September of this year to great review thus far!

23203744I Crawl Through it

Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past 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 even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

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Ominous Beginnings…

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It’s late at night. The howling wind is scraping the tree tips across your window; shadows are casting gloomy figures that are crawling up your walls. You do the only reasonable thing a young adult would do — beeline it straight for your bed and pull the covers up over your worried, albeit excited adrenaline-filled, head. It’s that time of year again where we all feel a little more uneasy about what’s around the corner. But isn’t it the best! Invite that rush of excitement under that tented blanket of apprehension with one of the following book titles. Here I give you some of the most ominous beginning sentences from teen books…


“Here is the boy, drowning.”

More Than This by Patrick Ness


“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.”

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


7824322“They took me in my nightgown.”

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


“You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.”

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke


“As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me.”

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia


24770“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


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Loved the Movie? Try the Book!

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

With grey days and cold nights approaching, it’s time to curl up in your coziest chair with your new favorite movie in hand! Wait, what? Yes! Your favorite movie! Many books in the recent (and not-so-recent) past have been turned into movies, and while our beloved movies can give us stunning visuals and the dynamic perspective of its director, nothing beats the visual effects that your own imagination can provide! Become your own director when you any of read these titles…

Were you engrossed in the animation of Coraline that featured a courageous girl with a hardy spirit? Try the book! Coraline by Neil Gaiman tells the exciting and imaginative story of a young girl who finds her way through a bewildering door. On the other side is a world that is seemingly quite like her own, until things being to unravel. Follow her on a journey to save herself, her family and the souls of three new friends.


Maybe you felt the heartache of the young girl in the movie Speak. Try the book! Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is the story of a young girl who experiences a devastating event the summer before her freshman year of high school.


Did you fall in love with the travels that ended tragically for Chris McCandless in the movie Into the Wild? Try the book! Experience them in a new way with Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. This book looks into the mind and soul of Chris McCandless, who at 24 years old leaves his promising life in civilization to head into the remote Alaskan tundra. Into the Wild

Looking for something else? The recent blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby is based on a story that has been loved for generations. Try the book! Cozy up with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This classic story, set in the 1920s, explores the love between wealthy Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby

Already enjoyed all of these titles? Looking for more to read? Here’s a list of other great book-to-movie reads:


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