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Penguin: Young Readers Group Spring 2019

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By (author): A.S. King
9781101994917 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational Mar 26, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.88 x 8.56 x 1.31 in | 1.08 lb 400 pages Dutton Children's Books Dutton Books for Young Readers
Acclaimed master of the YA novel A.S. King’s eleventh book is a surreal and searing dive into the tangled secrets of a wealthy white family in suburban Pennsylvania and the terrible cost the family’s children pay to maintain the family name.

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account—wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. “Because we want them to thrive,” Marla always says. What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby’s drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a double-wide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest. As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings’ precious suburban respectability begins to spread, the far-flung grandchildren gradually find their ways back to one another, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

With her inimitable surrealism and insight into teenage experience, A.S. King explores how a corrosive culture of polite, affluent white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation can save themselves.

A wild and bracing ride of a novel. King blends the surreal and the painfully realistic with big, of-the-moment ideas for a read that is at once wildly entertaining and deeply insightful.

A.S. King trains her singular imagination on post-Charlottesville, post-Trump America. King breaks through the skin of middle-American white supremacy as only she can. It’s part American History X, part Slaughterhouse 5, and entirely brilliant.

King’s body of work is one of the most critically acclaimed in all of YA, especially in the school-library world, where she’s a regular speaker at schools and conferences. She can be a valuable resource as schools grapple with how to discuss systemic white privilege and white supremacy in their communities.

A.S. King is the critically acclaimed author of many novels for young adults and middle readers, including Still Life with Tornado. Her fiction has earned numerous awards, including an L.A. Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, and over fifty starred reviews. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Author Residence: Lititz, PA (near Lancaster)

Author Hometown: Lititz, PA (near Lancaster)

Marketing: National media campaign

Consumer advertising campaign

Online promotion and social media outreach

Extensive blogger outreach

Promotion at national school and library conferences

Librarian and educator outreach

Winner of the 2020 Michael L. Printz Medal
A Finalist for the 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize


"A.S. King challenges readers from the first page to the last. Dig will make you question the confines of your comfort zone—if you have one. An incredible addition to an already impressive body of work."—Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times bestselling author and Newbery medalist

“King’s fierce empathy for young people is evident throughout, matched by her gift for a brand of weirdness that somehow manages to capture the intensity, wonder and pain of being alive. Anyone who thinks YA books can’t also be great literature needs to read this author.”—Irish Times

? "[King's] trademark surrealism and trenchant prose will speak profoundly to a generation of young people who are waking up to the societal sins of the past and working toward a more equitable future.”—The Horn Book, starred review

? "This visceral examination of humanity’s flaws and complexity […] cultivates hope in a younger generation that’s wiser and stronger than its predecessors.”—Booklist, starred review

? “[P]urely mesmerizing ... the most haunting exploration in youth literature to date of the advantage and poison that is white privilege, and the resentment of young people at the toxicity of what they inherit. King fans know to expect the unexpected, and they’ll be richly rewarded with this intricate, heartfelt, readable concoction.“ —BCCB, starred review

? "Sometimes, once you start digging, you find the poisonous parts, but you also find the fruit that will keep you alive."—SLC, starred review

? “A.S. King’s novels…are in another solar system entirely.”—Bookpage, starred review

? "This combination of masterly storytelling, memorable characters, and unexpected twists and turns make this book into an unforgettable, lingering read."SLJ, starred review

“[This] strange and heart-wrenching tale is stunningly original.”—Kirkus

[P]rofound ... offers hope that at least some of these characters will dig themselves out from under the legacy of hate they have unwillingly inherited.”—Publishers Weekly

"This is one of the best written, most memorable young adult novels I’ve ever read. It’s that good."—Richie's Picks

"No apologies necessary. Dig is writing at its finest."—Book and Film Globe

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[T]aut, mesmerizing...The story fearlessly navigates intellectually and emotionally challenging terrain—racism and whiteness, abuse and assault, misogyny, and other violence—as the teens consider and confront painful truths."—Cooperative Children's Book Center

"There is no other writer like her. She has the power to astonish like a natural wonder. And her books—the raw honesty, beauty, and singular strangeness of them—make me feel less alone in the world."—Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death


• A School Library Journal Best Book
• A Boston Globe Horn Book Fanfare Book
• A Chicago Public Library Best Book
• A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
• A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Title
A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Top Ten Title

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