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Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of fifteen-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village.

Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story of his summer at a boys’ camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The weirdness shakes out ridiculously well in this often humorous and touching sci-fi tome.”

    USA Today

  • The Alex Crow is relentlessly creative…each page more preposterous—and more gripping—than the last. And therein lies the brilliance of Andrew Smith. He somehow always finds a way to turn the reader inside out, by grounding the farcical or turning mad science and vomit into art.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fans of Smith’s raunchy, profane, and provocative work will find this funny but morally serious tale deeply appealing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Smith is a spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A smartly cohesive exploration of survival and extinction and the control humans have (or shouldn’t have) over such matters.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Magnificently bizarre, irreverent, and bitingly witty.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Smith takes [readers] to a place where humanity is imbued with the potential to render people inhuman…and reminding us that being human, all too human, is far better than any conceivable alternative.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “The teen protagonist is the lens through which readers see how society exerts its control over teenage boys’ thoughts and actions. And Camp Merrie-Seymour is the satirical showcase for how often these boys are expected to deal with the harsh world on their own without any real guidance from adults…Smith follows up his enthralling, boundary-pushing Grasshopper Jungle with this more cohesive and brilliant work. Verdict: A must-have for all YA collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • “MacLeod Andrews navigates listeners through a plot that frequently shifts viewpoints and time frames…Listeners never learn Ariel’s country of origin, but Andrews gives him a slight accent and speaks at a pace that emphasizes the teen’s observant and careful nature. Andrews also creates distinct voices for other characters…His narration captures the absurdities that are part of the story while connecting listeners to its powerful emotional core.”

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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.