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Episode 43 — A Conversation with A.S. King


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 20:01
Original Air Date Published October 05, 2011

 Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Episode 43 — A Conversation with A.S. King


Episode 43 — A Conversation with A.S. King

The best authors of young adult literature are those who do original, innovative work that’s both emotionally honest and sophisticated in literary quality. A.S. King is one of those authors.  Tune in to hear about the seeds behind her newest novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. We’ll discuss how several of the novel’s key elements came about during Amy’s writing process, how The Vagina Monologues connects thematically to elements of the text focused on bullying and torture, and how satire helped her to make a key point about Lucky Linderman’s process of coming to terms with the adult world.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode:

  • The Dust of 100 Dogs (Flux, 2009)
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010)
  • Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011)