Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

By A. S. King

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316194686, 293pp.

Publication Date: October 2012

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.

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Praise For Ask the Passengers

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best YA BookA 2012 School Library Journal Best BookA 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best YA BookA 2012 Library Journal Best YA for Adults BookA 2012 BookPage Best Children's BookA 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature WinnerA 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen BookA 2012 Lambda Literary Award FinalistA 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults BookA 2013 Carolyn W. Field Award WinnerA 2013 Rainbow List Top Ten BookA 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens BookA 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices BookA 2013 James Cook Teen Book Award WinnerA 2014 Tennessee Volunteer Book Award NomineeA 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Top Ten BookA Junior Library Guild Selection

* "Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking, achievement for King, whose star is ascending as quickly as one of Astrid's planes."
-Booklist, starred review

* "At once much more than a coming out novel and one of the best coming-out novels in years.... Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all of its messy, modern complexity."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Will appeal to any mature teen resisting the pressure to conform or rebel [and] anyone who wants to define herself on her own terms."
-School Library Journal, starred review

* "For kids struggling with their own truths, it can be hard to believe how much light there is once you come out of the cave. This is a book that knows and understands that, and it's one that readers will believe."
-The Bulletin, starred review

* "A furiously smart and funny coming-out-and-of-age novel."
-The Horn Book, starred review

"Astrid is a model of strength and compassion.... Good reading for everyone."

"King has penned a work of realism that is magical in the telling."
-Cooperative Children's Book Center