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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Arnold Narrator: Phoebe Strole Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781101890929
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“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmother. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Mosquitoland, David Arnold has created one of the most unique narrative voices to show up in the world of young adult fiction. I don’t remember life before Mim, and I don’t want to. Mosquitoland is equal parts sharp, sad, and surreal. This book is genius, war paint and all.”

    John Corey Whaley, Printz Award–winning author of Where Things Come Back

  • “Memorable.”


  • “Arnold proves his worth as a top-notch storyteller on his first literary go-round, which is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off if done by John Hughes with Jack Kerouac…Mosquitoland stings in all the right places, which is why it will no doubt be many teenagers’ new favorite book and win over the crustiest old-timer, too.”

    USA Today

  • “David Arnold’s sparkling, startling, laugh-out-loud debut…speaks to the sweetness of life, the courage of love, and the blinkers that adolescents may need to remove to see what is truly around them.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “David Arnold combines brio with compassion in this captivating first novel.”

    Washington Post

  • “Arnold pens a stunning debut, showcasing a cast of dynamic characters…Mesmerizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Phoebe Strole brings listeners into the mind of Mim Malone…Strole’s earnest voice has the sound of youth with a glimpse of wisdom beyond Mim’s years. Her characterization of Mim is at once bright and somber, and her wide range of delivery also brings humor and heart to the outlandish array of people Mim encounters. The story is not without its dark moments, and Strole handles heartbreaking issues by imbuing her character portrayals and storytelling with respect and precisely rendered details.”


  • “David Arnold’s writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect.”

    Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

  • Selected for the Kids' Indie Next List for Spring 2015
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Young Adults
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Teens
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
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About the Author

David Arnold is the author of the award-winning young-adult novel Mosquitoland. His previous jobs include freelance musician and producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community, and enjoys pesto, indie bookstores, and Middle-earth, among other things.

About the Narrator

Phoebe Strole is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.