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I Crawl Through It by [King, A.S.]
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Length: 329 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—A relaxed view of reality is required from the opening words of big-boned Stanzi, in her always-present lab coat. Stanzi gets alphabet letters in exchange for kisses from the naked bush man outside of school. Gustav, her neighbor, is building a helicopter that is invisible to nearly everyone. Stanzi's friend China has swallowed herself and now displays her internal organs on the outside. Her friend Lansdale lies about pretty much everything. Stir together with pervasive school bomb threats, the pressure of standardized testing, references to Hawkeye Pierce and M*A*S*H, and the gradual peeling back of layers hiding the facts of tragic events. Some listeners will be fascinated, and others will likely be scratching their heads in confusion. Eventually, the four teens each crawl through toward recovery. King narrates the story with excellent rhythm and the right balance of disturbed participant and unsentimental storyteller. VERDICT Consider for large collections. The murky story line and flexible reality will appeal to a niche audience. Suggest to fans of Andrew Smith's The Alex Crow (Dutton, 2015) and King's earlier books, particularly Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown, 2012). ["At once a statement on the culture of modern schools as well as mental health issues, this novel is an ambitious, haunting work of art": SLJ 7/15 starred review of the Little, Brown book.]—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

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''I Crawl Through It proves that A.S. King is one of the most innovative and talented novelists of our time. This is King's masterpiece -- a brilliant, paranoid, poetic, funny, and at times overwhelmingly sad literary cocktail of absinthe and Adderall. What a trip!'' --Andrew Smith, acclaimed author of Winger and Grasshopper Jungle

''At once a statement on the culture of modern schools as well as mental health issues, this novel is an ambitious, haunting work of art.'' --School Library Journal, starred review

''Beautiful prose, poetry, and surreal imagery combine for an utterly original story that urges readers to question, love, and believe-or risk explosion.'' --Booklist, starred review

''It's bizarre, compelling, and not like anything else.'' --Publishers Weekly, starred review

''Masterfully written and brilliantly bizarre, this is King at her most innovative yet.'' --VOYA, starred review

''King's novel blends the magical and the mundane in a deadpan delivery that makes it difficult to tell one from the other. This, of course, is the point of her ambitious and affecting work.'' --The Horn Book, starred review

''A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival.... Readers [will be] rewarded with the self-actualization of finely wrought characters.... Absolutely worthwhile.'' --Kirkus

Product details

  • File Size: 1937 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2015
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RTY0D1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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