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Grasshopper Jungle

By Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2014,
    400 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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If you're a fan of John Green, Michael Grant, Stephen King or David Levithan, get your pincers stuck into this. In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner.

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"Starred Review. Filled with gonzo black humor, Smith's outrageous tale makes serious points about scientific research done in the name of patriotism and profit, the intersections between the personal and the global, the weight of history on the present, and the often out-of-control sexuality of 16-year-old boys. Ages 14–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. [T]his is a mighty good book. It is about everything that really matters. Plus voracious giant praying mantises." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Original, honest, and extraordinary… pushes the boundaries of young adult literature." – School Library Journal

"Andrew Smith is the bravest storyteller I know. Grasshopper Jungle is the most intelligent and gripping book I've read in over a decade...Trust me. Pick it up right now. It's a masterpiece." – A. S. King, Printz Honor-winning author of Ask the Passengers and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

"In writing a history of the end of the world, Smith may have just made history himself." – John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back

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Andrew Smith Author Biography

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several young adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger and The Marbury Lens. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.

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