Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by sending 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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*"King's themes of torture, physical and emotional imprisonment, andbullying connect in satisfying ways in this improbably witty and heartwarmingstory."-- "The Horn Book", starred review * "A smart, funny, and passionate novel that embodies the idea that 'It Gets Better'--when you take action."-- "Publishers Weekly", starred review * "King's heartfelt tale easily blends realism and fantasy.... A haunting but at times funny tale about what it means to want to take one's life, but rising above it so that living becomes the better option."-- "School Library Journal", starred review * "King remarkably channels fifteen-year-old Lucky, creating one of the most believable teen male characters in young adult fiction.... This unique coming-of-age story will hold tremendous appeal for reluctant male readers."-- "VOYA", starred review * "Blending magic and realism, this is a subtly written, profoundly honest novel about a kid falling through the cracks and pulling himself back up."-- "Booklist", starred review *"The unusual and occasionally comic juxtaposition of the POW experiencewith Lucky's victimization... [offers] compelling food for thought about thethings we can control and the things we can't, and how that distinctionultimately determines the need for action."-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books", starred review "A resonant, uplifting story about not just getting through, but powering through, the tough times."-- "Kirkus Reviews" * "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 review Praise for "Everybody Sees the Ants" A YALSA 2012 Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults TitleA Junior Library Guild Selection Praise for "Ask the Passengers" * "Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years."-- "Kirkus Reviews", starred review * "The unusual and occasionally comic juxtaposition of the POW experience with Lucky's victimization... [offers] compelling food for thought about the things we can control and the things we can't, and how that distinction ultimately determines the need for action."-- "The Bulletin", starred review Praise for "Ask the Passengers" A Junior Library Guild Selection A "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2012A Junior Library Guild Selection A "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2012A "School Library Journal" 2012 Editors' Choice BookA "Kirkus Reviews" 2012 Best of YA BookA Junior Library Guild Selection "Astrid is a model of strength and compassion.... Good reading for everyone." ""VOYA""" "King has penned a work of realism that is magical in the telling." "Cooperative Children's Book Center"" * "Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years." ""Kirkus Reviews," starred review"" A 2012 "Publishers Weekly "Best YA BookA 2012 "School Library Journal" Best BookA 2012 "Kirkus Reviews" Best YA BookA 2012 "Library Journal" Best YA for Adults BookA 2012 "BookPage "Best Children's BookA 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature WinnerA 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen BookA 2012 Lambda Literary Award FinalistA 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults BookA 2013 Carolyn W. Field Award WinnerA 2013 Rainbow List Top Ten BookA 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens BookA 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices BookA 2013 James Cook Teen Book Award WinnerA 2014 Tennessee Volunteer Book Award NomineeA 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Top Ten BookA 2014 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Honor BookA Junior Library Guild SelectionA 2014 Illinois Abraham Lincoln HS Book Award WinnerA 2014 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award WinnerA 2014 Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Winner * "Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking, achievement for King, whose star is ascending as quickly as one of Astrid's planes." ""Booklist," starred review"" * "At once much more than a coming out novel and one of the best coming-out novels in years.... Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all of its messy, modern complexity." ""Publishers Weekly," starred review"" * "Will appeal to any mature teen resisting the pressure to conform or rebel [and] anyone who wants to define herself on her own terms." ""School Library Journal," starred review"" * "For kids struggling with their own truths, it can be hard to believe how much light there is once you come out of the cave. This is a book that knows and understands that, and it's one that readers will believe." ""The Bulletin," starred review"" * "A furiously smart and funny coming-out-and-of-age novel." ""The Horn Book," starred review""
About A. S. King
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Everybody Sees the Ants and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. After returning from Ireland where she spent over a decade living off the land, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, King now lives deep in the Pennsylvania woods with her husband and children. Learn more at www.as-king.com.
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
A. S. King
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Little, Brown & Company
Winner of L.A. Times Book Prize (Young Adult Literature) 2012 Winner of Carolyn W. Field Award 2013 Commended for Lambda Literary Awards (Children/Young Adult) 2013 Commended for Tayshas Reading 2014 Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Fourteen and Up) 2013 Short-listed for Volunteer State Book Awards (High School) 2014 Short-listed for Rhode Island Teen Book Award 2014 Short-listed for Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2015
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