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Grasshopper Jungle

Title

Grasshopper Jungle

Authors

Andrew Smith

Publisher

Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780142425008

Pages

390 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Homosexuality; Bisexuality; single mother; gay teenager; bisexual teenager

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother; mother and father

LGBTQ+

male/male; male/female

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015
Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth, 2015
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2014
Choices, 2015
Rainbow List, 2015
School Library Journal Best Books, 2014
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015
Best Books for Teens, 2014
Best Young Adult Book, 2014
Futurescapes: Selected Speculative and Science Fiction for Children and Teens, 2011
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009
Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (Grades 6-12, 2013
NYC Reads 365, 2015
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2014, Winner, Fiction
Michael L. Printz Award, 2015, Honor Book
Battle of the (Kids') Books, 15, Nominee
Gold Inky, 2015, Long List
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2014, Runner Up, Young Adult Literature
School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books, 2015, Nominee
Thumbs Up! Award, 2015, Nominee, Young Adult Literature

Keywords

end of the world; survival; friendship; families; insects; grasshoppers; Iowa; smoking; private school; war

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