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"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. "
New York Times Book Review

 

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Coming October 14, 2014 

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future


WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO 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.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.


In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

 
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A Junior Library Guild Pick for Fall 2014
ABA Best Book 2014


* “Imbuing Glory’s narrative with a graceful, sometimes dissonant combination of anger, ambivalence, and hopefulness that resists tidy resolution, award-winning King presents another powerful, moving, and compellingly complex coming-of-age story.”
Booklist (starred)
 
* “A novel full of provocative ideas and sharply observed thoughts about the pressures society places on teenagers, especially girls.”
Publishers Weekly (starred)
 
* “As with King's other protagonists, Glory's narration is simultaneously bitter, prickly, heartbreaking, inwardly witty and utterly familiar.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
* “King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. Beautifully strange, entirely memorable.”
School Library Journal (starred)

* "King skillfully weaves together two novels: one about a girl struggling to come to terms with her mother's suicide, and another about a future, war-torn America."
Shelf Awareness (starred)

* "King continues to be one of the most original (yet accessible) YA writers today, and the magical realism element accentuates the humanity of the narrative by looking past people’s momentary selves to place them in times both past and future."—BCCB (starred)


 

 
 
News
What's new? What's happening? 


It's True. There's a New Book Coming in 2015. 

From Publishers Marketplace 9/8/14:
 
Printz Honor author A.S. King's I CRAWL THROUGH IT, a surrealist novel about four teens who find unconventional ways to escape standardized tests and their perilous world -- and discover that the only escape from reality is to face it, again to Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Fall 2015, by Michael Bourret atDystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).
 






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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future Launch Party
Aaron's Books
Lititz, PA
October 14, 2014
7pm
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Book Shop Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
October 15
7pm

Books Inc. / Litquake Event
San Francisco, CA
October 16
Sports Basement on Byant
6pm



Texas Teen Book Festival
Austin, TX
October 18, 2014

Children's Book World
Haverford, PA
October 23, 2014
7pm

Boston Book Festival
Boston, MA
October 24-25, 2014

Lititz Lit Festival
Lititz, PA
November 1, 2014

Clinton Book Shop
Clinton, NJ
November 7, 2014
7pm

Changing Hands Bookstore
Tempe, AZ
November 21, 2014
7pm

Barnes & Noble 
Reading/Wyomissing, PA
December 20, 2014
1pm
 
 
Available Now: REALITY BOY
Paperback coming September 23, 2014

“Timely, incisive, compassionate. All of A.S. King’s novels are must-reads.” —Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook


Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television 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 room at school.  

 Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.  

 In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.


 

A New York Times Editors' Choice, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013, Winter 2014 ABA Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten, A Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Books for October 2013, A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week, A 2013 VOYA Perfect Ten Book, A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children, A 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book, A 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Book, A 2014 Tayshas High School Top Ten Reading List Pick...
 
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“Fearless and brilliant, a seething pressure cooker of a masterpiece.”
—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger

"A.S. King is one of the best Y.A. writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly."
—John Green, New York Times Book Review

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"Heart-pounding and heartbreaking...This is no fairy-tale romance, but a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"As always, King’s societal critique is spot-on and scathing, this time examining the dehumanization wrought by reality television on its “stars” and on its viewers in order to feel better about themselves. Put down the remote and pick up Reality Boy—it’s a showstopper." The Horn Book Magazine


* "This is a story about healing, and although Gerald stumbles as he takes his first steps, his candor invites sympathy from the first page."
Publishers Weekly (starred)

* "King’s trademarks–attuned first-person narrative, convincing dialogue, realistic language, and fitting quirkiness–connect effectively in this disturbing, yet hopeful novel."SLJ (starred)

"We all know at least one teen who needs a book like this; I didn't know I needed it until I turned the last page."
—SLJTeen

"The TMZ-level draw of the premise will definitely pull readers in, but they’ll find a surprising amount to relate to in this smart and sympathetic story about breaking free from the world’s expectations." —The Bulletin

"Reality Boy showcases King's talent, telling a story that is as much about parental depression and denial as it is about teen rage. It's also about first love, celebrity, therapy and finding your own narrative despite the story your family--and sometimes the world--tells about you."—Shelf Awareness (starred)

"The hallmarks of [A.S. King's] strong work are there: magical realism, heightened emotion, and the steady, torturous, beautiful transition into self-assured inner peace."—Booklist

* "King’s writing is...better than ever—not one unneeded word slows the reader in racing through this intense and incredibly fresh plot. Kudos, Ms. King. More please."—VOYA
(starred)

"An emotional and difficult read, this story is also thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic."
—LMC (starred review) 

"Her books shouldn’t be shelved under ‘young adult,’
they should be shelved under ‘human.’"
--Liberty Hardy, BookRiot 

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“A.S. King at her best, and maybe then some. This book is tough and funny and smart as hell.”
Chris Crutcher, author of Period 8 and Whale Talk
 
“REALITY BOY is a powerhouse of insight and empathy toward the people who cruise the fringes of acceptable behavior. A.S. King takes all kinds of risks and every single one pays off. Highly recommended.”
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FIRE & ASH 

“Reality Boy is A.S. King's best work to date. Touching and teeth-clenchingly emotional, this story is an important reminder that behind every reality show...may be a totally different reality.”
Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and 
Thousand Words


 

Books on Audio from Listening Library

Go to the A.S. King page at Random House Listening Library for a selection of audiobooks. 

Reality Boy is available through Hachette Audio Here.

 


 

 



 


 


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH:


This print, "Corona I" ©1994 Mark D. Thellmann, has been hanging above my desk since I started writing. Mark was a professor of mine at the Art Institute of Philadelphia back when cameras had film.

It's an enlarged reproduction of a manipulated Time-Zero Polaroid, which means the original was hand-manipulated as opposed to computer manipulated, and exists as a one-of-a-kind.
Probably somewhere in New Jersey.



 

 
 

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