I Crawl Through It (Paperback)

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Stanzi is two halves of one person, neither of whom is named Stanzi. China, Stanzi's best friend, has swallowed herself. Gustav is busy building a helicopter no one can see--except for Stanzi on certain days. And Lansdale tells lies to make her hair grow long.

The heroes at the heart of I Crawl Through It are geniuses with poet-souls and poor test scores. They are overlooked, misunderstood, guilt-ridden, and ashamed. They are looking for love. They are looking for answers.

With I Crawl Through It, A.S. King fully embraces her role as one of contemporary fiction's foremost magicians; her language entrances, her storytelling steamrolls, and her characters are as achingly real and identifiable as ever. While it navigates dark terrain, I Crawl Through It gets its fuel from love. What results is a powerful call to arms that we make an effort to really see one another. In that sense alone, this is an important book. In that sense and more, it is an all-out tour-de-force.

— Will


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.

About the Author

A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed books Glory O'Brien's History of the Future; Reality Boy; Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Praise For…

Praise for I Crawl Through It:
A Booklist Editor's Choice Book of 2015
A Booklist Top 50 YA Audiobook Novels of All Time

"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, acclaimed author of Winger and Grasshopper Jungle

* "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

*"Masterfully written and brilliantly bizarre, this is King at her most innovative yet."—VOYA, 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

*"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."—The Horn Book, starred review

*"It's bizarre, compelling, and not like anything else."—Publishers Weekly, 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316334082
ISBN-10: 0316334081
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English