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Author: A. S. King Narrator: A. S. King Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781478959854
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Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.

So they will lie, they will split in two, they will turn inside out, they will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away … but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

The genius of acclaimed author A. S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience—and find the way out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Presents the shattered perspective, the moment when young minds unspool like line from a broken fishing reel. Piecing it back together isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s worthwhile, and keen YA readers will enjoy deciphering King’s puzzles.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In this fearlessly inventive novel, King creates a sharp, surrealist world out of the challenges of teenage life, from the darkest (school shootings) to the mundane (standardized tests)…Kurt Vonnegut might have written a book like this, if he had ever been cyber-bullied on Facebook.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “All the novel’s action can be read as metaphor for modern ills. These are teens crying for help with no one, least of all their parents, listening. It’s bizarre, compelling, and not like anything else.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “At once a statement on the culture of modern schools as well as mental health issues, this novel is an ambitious, haunting work of art.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Beautiful prose, poetry, and surreal imagery combine for an utterly original story that urges readers to question, love, and believe—or risk explosion.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Masterfully written and brilliantly bizarre, this is King at her most innovative yet.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “King’s novel blends the magical and the mundane in a deadpan delivery that makes it difficult to tell one from the other. This, of course, is the point of her ambitious and affecting work.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival…Readers [will be] rewarded with the self-actualization of finely wrought characters…Absolutely worthwhile.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The author reads in a deadpan tone as she depicts the…striking imagery.”


  • I Crawl through It proves that A. S. King is one of the most innovative and talented novelists of our time. This is King’s masterpiece—a brilliant, paranoid, poetic, funny, and at times overwhelmingly sad literary cocktail of absinthe and Adderall. What a trip!”

    Andrew Smith, author of Winger

  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Teens

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About the Author

A. S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed novels for young adults. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask the Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.