Staff Recommendation: Grasshopper Jungle

2015 Printz Award Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle (813 Sm52g) by Andrew Smith is an incredibly fun book that wraps family history, high school, male adolescence, and suburban Midwest life in an extremely strange plot where gigantic mutant praying mantises are attacking and taking over the human race. Smith’s writing is unique and conveys teenage speech and emotion excellently. The story and way in which it is told never langors or loses your attention. Equal parts sci-fi, mystery, action and coming-of-age story, Grasshopper Jungle draws from these genres and then skews them into something different yet highly recognizable.

BlogpicRecommended by Bill Rooney, Evening/Weekend Circulation Assistant

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