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Grasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith

Three words:

Giant. 

Praying.

Mantises.

Austin Szerba spends most of his free time hanging out with his girlfriend Shann and his best friend Robby, doing nothing very much because—well, they live in Iowa, and there’s nothing much to do in Iowa. It shouldn’t be complicated, but it is. See, Austin likes Shann. Shann likes Austin. Robby likes Austin. And Austin…kind of likes Robby, too. He doesn’t know what that means.

 

Then a group of high-school bullies breaks into an office that belongs to Austin’s boss. They come out with a glass globe full of glowing blue mold…and one of them trips. The sound of shattering glass marks the first in a series of unstoppable events that just might set off the apocalypse. Because a chain reaction is taking place inside the bullies (and a few unfortunate bystanders), and the tiny town of Ealing, Iowa is in for big, big trouble. Six-foot-tall trouble, with bulletproof skin, razor claws, and enormous, faceted eyes.

 

This book is partly an homage to the giant-bug movies of the 1950s (recommended: Them and Tarantula) and partly a family saga, but mostly it’s about one confused boy in Ealing, Iowa, and how he faces down the end of the world.

Sarah H.
October 2, 2014
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