Breaking the Spine to spotlight an upcoming release that we're excited about. This week I'm waiting on Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King.
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it. (Summary from Amazon)
I met A.S. King at the YALSA Coffee Klatch during the ALA Conference. She was so funny and delightful. I haven't read her other books, but I intend to rectify that after having met her. And let's be honest, this looks awesome. It sounds emotionally deep without the preachy tropes that can put you off of a book.
Everybody Sees the Ants comes out Oct. 3.