Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

Book rating: 05 Paperback Little, Brown Young Readers

By (author) A. S. King

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 26mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 26 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316194670
  • ISBN 13: 9780316194679
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 10,827

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Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying overhead. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to - another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer but little does she know just how much sending her love - and asking the right questions - will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better. In this unmistakably original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's boxes and definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything - and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking and sharing real love.

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A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Everybody Sees the Ants and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. After returning from Ireland where she spent over a decade living off the land, teaching adult literacy and writing novels, King now lives deep in the Pennsylvania woods with her husband and children. Learn more at the author's website.

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By Librarian Lavender 10 Mar 2014 5

Ask the Passengers is a young adult novel about a girl who has to find herself. Astrid Jones is sending love to passengers in airplanes, which is quite original. Astrid can't talk to her mother and believes her sister Ellis is on her mother's side, they are slowly estranging from one another. There are parts of her life Astrid hasn't shared with anyone, but that's about to change.
This book is all about secrets, Astrid has many and she's getting tangled up in them. She has to keep her best friend Kristina's and then there's her girlfriend Dee. Kristina's secretly gay and Astrid might be as well, but that's something she has to find out for herself. It's such a moving, beautiful and honest story. I was genuinely impressed. I think it's a great coming of age novel that I would recommend to everyone.

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"King has penned a work of realism that is magical in the telling." "Cooperative Children's Book Center""