Kids of Appetite

Kids of Appetite : 'Funny and touching' New York Times

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KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold, author of MOSQUITOLAND, is a tragicomedy of first love and devastating loss, perfect for for fans of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, Rainbow Rowell and Jennifer Niven.


In the Hackensack Police Department, Vic Benucci and his friend Mad are explaining how they found themselves wrapped up in a grisly murder. But in order to tell that story, they have to go way back...

It all started when Vic's dad died. Vic's dad was his best friend, and even now, two years later, he can't bring himself to touch the Untouchable Urn of Oblivion that sits in his front hall. But one cold December day, Vic falls in with an alluring band of kids that wander his New Jersey neighbourhood, including Mad, the girl who changes everything.

Along with his newfound friendships comes the courage to open his father's urn, the discovery of the message inside, and the epic journey it sparks...

Praise for David Arnold:

'Funny and touching'

'Fresh and often very endearing'

'[A novel that] bucks the usual classifications and stands defiantly alone'

'A joy'
INDEPENDENT, Best YA novels of 2015
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 133 x 199 x 23mm | 248g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472218957
  • 9781472218957
  • 151,301

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This tale of kids dealing with horrific situations is at times almost fantastical in its romanticism and is realized through the employ of spot-on pacing and lovely wordsmithing. Sophisticated teen readers will love this * Kirkus Reviews * Showcases a memorable cast of outsiders carving out space for themselves . . .Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness * Publishers Weekly, starred review * Praise for MOSQUITOLAND: '[Mosquitoland] boasts a funny, gutsy, straight-talking heroine with a distinctive voice, whose company is a blast of fresh air' * Daily Mail * [Mim's] endless wise-cracking (on a road trip by Greyhound bus to visit her sick mother) is a joy * Independent - Best YA novels of 2015 * Fresh and often very endearing * Sunday Herald * [A] sparkling, startling, laugh-out-loud debut novel * Wall Street Journal * Funny and touching... his sentences are arrows * New York Times *
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About David Arnold

David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips. His first novel was Mosquitoland.

You can learn more at and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam.
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Rating details

6,675 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 36% (2,414)
4 37% (2,478)
3 20% (1,309)
2 5% (359)
1 2% (115)
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