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Grasshopper jungle : a history / by Andrew Smith.

By: Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959- [author.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 388 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780525426035; 0525426035; 9780142425008; 0142425001.Subject(s): Genetic engineering -- Juvenile fiction | Transgenic animals -- Juvenile fiction | Survival -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Teenagers -- Sexual behavior -- Juvenile fiction | Bisexual teenagers -- Juvenile fiction | Weapons of mass destruction -- Juvenile fiction | Science -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Iowa -- Juvenile fiction | Insects -- Juvenile fiction | Gender identity -- Fiction | Survival -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Family life -- Iowa -- Fiction | Insects -- Fiction | Science fiction | Humorous stories | JUVENILE FICTION -- Action & Adventure -- Survival Stories | JUVENILE FICTION -- Humorous Stories | JUVENILE FICTION -- Monsters | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Issues -- Friendship | JUVENILE FICTION -- Family -- Multigenerational | JUVENILE FICTION -- Science Fiction | Families | Friendship | Insects | Survival | Survival skills -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Sex role -- Fiction | Family life -- Iowa -- Fiction | Insects -- Fiction | Gender identity -- Fiction | Humorous stories | Science fiction | Families -- Iowa -- Fiction | Insects -- Fiction | Iowa -- Juvenile fiction | Iowa -- Fiction | Iowa | Iowa -- Fiction | Iowa -- FictionGenre/Form: Humorous stories -- Juvenile. | Humorous stories. | Science fiction -- Young adult. | Humorous fiction -- Young adult. | Science fiction. | Humorous fiction. | Fiction. | Science fiction. | Young adult fiction.DDC classification: [Fic] | 813.6 Other classification: JUV001010 | JUV019000 | JUV052000 | JUV039060 | JUV013030 | JUV053000 | JUV001010 | JUV019000 | JUV052000 | JUV039060 | JUV013030 | JUV053000
Contents:
Ealing -- Waterloo cornfield -- The silo -- The end of the world -- Epilogue : Lucky, a cigarette run, and the bison.
Awards: Boston Globe/Horn Book Fiction Award Winner, 2014. | Michael Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Honor, 2015.Summary: Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
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CML Young Adult Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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S6424GR (Browse shelf) Available 0000002132298

Ealing -- Waterloo cornfield -- The silo -- The end of the world -- Epilogue : Lucky, a cigarette run, and the bison.

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Boston Globe/Horn Book Fiction Award Winner, 2014.

Michael Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Honor, 2015.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-It used to be that the only interesting events to occur in crumbling Ealing, Iowa happened between the pages of 16-year-old Austin Szerba's "history" journals. Austin's journals are elaborate and uncensored records about sex; his love for his girlfriend, Shann; his growing attraction for his best friend, Robby; his unique Polish ancestors; even Ealing's decrepit mini-mall where he and Robby hang out. Shann tells Austin, "I love how, whenever you tell a story, you go backwards and forwards and tell me everything else that could possibly be happening in every direction, like an explosion." And that's exactly how Austin narrates the end of the world when a twist of fate sparks the birth of mutant, people-eating praying mantises. Austin not only records the hilarious and bizarre tale of giant, copulating bugs but his own sexual confusion and his fear about hurting the people he loves. Award-winning author Smith has cleverly used a B movie science fiction plot to explore the intricacies of teenage sexuality, love, and friendship. Austin's desires might garner buzz and controversy among adults but not among the teenage boys who can identify with his internal struggles. This novel is proof that when an author creates solely for himself-as Smith notes in the acknowledgments section-the result is an original, honest, and extraordinary work that speaks directly to teens as it pushes the boundaries of young adult literature.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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. You can learn more at authorandrewsmith.com and follow him on Twitter: @marburyjack.

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