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In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army—an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. This is history.
It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
You know what I mean.

Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Grasshopper Jungle is a cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.”

    Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “On one level, it is a darkly comic story about the end of the world…On another level, Grasshopper Jungle is a novel about adolescence…a rollicking tale that is simultaneously creepy and hilarious…Smith’s ability to blend teenage drama into the bug invasion is a literary joy to behold.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A meanderingly funny, weirdly compelling and thoroughly brilliant chronicle of ‘the end of the world, and shit like that’…In a cannily disjointed, Vonnegut-esque narrative, the budding historian weaves his account of the giant-insect apocalypse in and around his personal family history and his own odyssey through the hormonal stew that is adolescence…This is a mighty good book. It is about everything that really matters. Plus voracious giant praying mantises.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Smith is up to his old tricks, delivering a gruesome sci-fi treat, a likable punk of a narrator, and a sucker-punch ending that satisfyingly resolves everything and nothing in the same breath.


  • “If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling six-foot-tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one. Cool, funny, sexy, gross.”

    Charlie Higson, bestselling author of the Enemy and Young Bond series

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Book of 2014
  • Winner of the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award
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About the Author
Author Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith lives in the mountains above Los Angeles on a ranch where he and his family keep horses. In addition to writing, he teaches high school advance placement classes and coaches rugby.