|THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 |
7pm | Teen Event | Meet A. S. King | Everybody Sees the Ants
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Award-winning author A. S. King (Please Ignore Vera Dietz) visits with her newest teen novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. Lucky Linderman 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. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
ABOUT A. S. KING
A. S. King's short fiction for adults has been widely published and was nominated for Best New American Voices 2010. Her second YA novel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2010, and is a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first YA novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next pick and a Cybil award finalist.
"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
"Vera's struggle to put Charlie behind her [is] at the crux of this witty novel, but nothing compares to the gorgeous unfurling of Vera's relationship with her father. [An] arresting tale."
--Booklist, starred review.
"The writing is phenomenal, the characters unforgettable."
--VOYA (Voices for Youth Advocates)
"A non-traditional pirate tale with a dangerously raw, mystical edge and a unique modern twist. Deliciously fresh and starkly unforgettable."
--Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of Wake