Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 141 x 220 x 27mm | 408g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316194689
  • 9780316194686
  • 348,989

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A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best YA Book

A 2012 School Library Journal Best Book

A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book

A 2012 Library Journal Best YA for Adults Book

A 2012 BookPage Best Children's Book

A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature Winner

A 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book

A 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

A 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

A 2013 Carolyn W. Field Award Winner

A 2013 Rainbow List Top Ten Book

A 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Book

A 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices Book

A 2013 James Cook Teen Book Award Winner

A 2014 Tennessee Volunteer Book Award Nominee

A 2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List Top Ten Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

* "Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking, achievement for King, whose star is ascending as quickly as one of Astrid's planes." - Booklist, starred review

* "At once much more than a coming out novel and one of the best coming-out novels in years.... Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all of its messy, modern complexity." - Publishers Wee
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About A.S. King

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
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3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (8,931)
3 23% (5,693)
2 7% (1,670)
1 3% (779)
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