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In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A. S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger.Gerald...
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A. S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger.Gerald...
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  • In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A. S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger.

    Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that—until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

 

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  • A. S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed novels for young adults. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask the Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her "one of the best YA writers working today." King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

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  • AudioFile Magazine At the age of 5, Gerald became "the Crapper," known for inappropriate defecating on a reality TV show that focused on his family. Narrator Michael Stellman portrays Gerald at age 17 with all his complicated layers. Gerald has been in anger management for years. Stellman's skillful narration melds the teen's fury with confusion as he "wakes from his ten-year-old nap" to explore the causes of his extreme behavior. Stellman's narration shifts rapidly and believably between flares and more subtle icy anger as Gerald realizes the effects of TV, his sociopathic sister, and living with a reputation unjustly earned at an early age. Stellman's reading takes listeners below the surface to experience Gerald's transformation and courage as he escapes isolation and abandons a comforting fantasy world to find real love. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ask the Passengers "Funny, provocative, and intelligent, King's story celebrates love in all of its messy, modern complexity."

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