Ask the Passengers

By A. S. King
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316194686, 293pp.)

Publication Date: October 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“This touching, challenging story about a small-town girl struggling to be honest with herself while she has to keep secrets from everyone around her is as finely wrought as any of King's previous award-winning novels.”
-- Todd A. Dickinson, Aaron's Books, Lititz, PA


Description
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.
As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.
In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question "everything"--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.



About the Author
A.S. King has been profiled in Writer's Digest magazine and is a member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

She was a finalist for the Washington Square fiction contest and Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award in 2007, and her writing has been nominated for the 2008 storySouth Million Writers Award and the Best New American Voices 2010 anthology. A citizen of both Ireland and the U.S., King's short fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been featured in the Sunday Times Magazine (Dublin edition), the Sunday Tribune Magazine, and iVillage, as well as in several literary journals including Quality Women's Fiction, Underground Voices, and Contrary.

She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children. The Dust of 100 Dogs is her debut novel.

Visit King online at www.as-king.com or www.thedustof100dogs.com for more information.

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