I Crawl Through It (Hardcover)

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A.S. King Has outdone herself with this beautifully bizarre novel about four teenagers all trying to escape the trauma of their lives, only to find out that the only way to truly escape the world is to turn and face it head on. This moving and surreal novel is not for the faint of heart, but it is worth every word. Absolutely stunning. -Emelie

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316334099
ISBN-10: 031633409X
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English