Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rorschach test is a good way to describe it.

"A.S. King has penned an absorbing Rorschach test of a book that, as you turn its pages, manages to read you."--Entertainment Weekly

I CRAWL THROUGH IT got an A from Entertainment Weekly. If you know my history with A's, then you know I didn't receive a lot of them after two teachers affected me greatly in 6th and 7th grade. Not entirely their fault (I own my own suitcase, but I was 12 and didn't quite know that then) but all the same, an A is a really nice thing for me. 

The review is stunning. 
It's taking a while to sink in that I was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly. 
I still feel like a lady who writes books in a small room while drinking too much herbal tea and that's about it. But there I am, in Entertainment Weekly. 

Here's the link to the entire review...thanks to my Dutton editor and longtime friend Andrew Karre, who knows how to give a compliment and make a lady spit out her herbal tea. 

I'm packing now for a long time away. Check my last posts for tour dates and times. 
I'll see you first, Oregon. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Launch Day, I CRAWL THROUGH IT.

It's book launch day.

Which is always a weird day, really. Mostly I walk around trying to figure out what to wear to the launch party and end up wearing an Indiebound t-shirt and jeans anyway.

So far I: ate some Corn Flakes, drank a liter of water, and wrote a few thank you emails. Now I'm going to start packing presents in boxes and sending them to the people who helped make this book a reality.

This is a weird book. I can't lie about that. You have to drop your own need for your own real world and just let the world of the book take over. Some people can't do that and that's okay. Surrealism isn't for everyone.

Usually on launch day, I post a poem. And I will do that. But first, a few links.

So you know I read the audio for I CRAWL THROUGH IT myself, right? Here's a link to an excerpt. The final audiobook will be out soon. This excerpt is a doozy. They picked a good chapter.

Then there are interviews and articles and surprises.

Over on Caroline Leavitt's blog here. 

Over at Forever Young Adult here. 

And a lovely article on Teen Librarian Toolbox at SLJ here. 

And then a surprise lovely review over at Shelf Awareness today with a shiny star in front of it!

So okay. Poem time.

This one comes right from the book.

Your Kale/Kiwi Juice Has More Self-Esteem Than I Do

Kale/kiwi juice
just goes in one side
comes out the other
makes everything happier
the whole way through.

It never worries about
being safe or wearing
the right clothes
so no one will treat it

like it doesn’t matter.

Happy reading!

And don't forget to believe.

And oh: on of the theme songs to this book is "The Beigeness" by Kate Tempest. Here she is. Genius.

Friday, September 18, 2015


And finally I have tour dates for you.
Anything marked with a ** is not a public event, but is helpful for NAIBA, KSRA, or NCTE/ALAN members to know I'll be there.

All others are public events.
Come see me. Bring friends. We can have fun.
That seems like it should have had an exclamation point.
We can have fun!

Coming 9.22.15

Aaron's Books
Main Street, Lititz, PA

Clinton Book Shop
Clinton, NJ
September 24, 2015

**NAIBA Conference
October 3, 2015

Eugene Public Library
Eugene, OR
October 7, 2015

Salt Lake City Book Festival
Salt Lake City, UT
October 10, 2015
Viridian Event Center

Kent District Library
Cascade Branch
Grand Rapids, MI
October 15, 2015

**Keystone State Reading Association Annual Conference
Lancaster, PA
October 23, 2015
Breakfast speaker

Children's Book World
Haverford, PA
October 27, 2015

Indian Prairie Public Library
Darien, IL
November 10, 2015

Lititz Kid & Teen Lit Festival
Lititz, PA
November 14, 2015
All day fun in America's Coolest Small Town

Addendum Books
St. Paul, MN
November 21st, 2015

**NCTE & ALAN Workshop
Minneapolis, MN
NCTE: Panel: Empowering the Voice of the At-Risk Learner--November 21st 9:30am
ALAN: In discussion with Andrew Smith: Nov 23, 1:10pm
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award panel: Nov 23, TBD 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

More Winning!

One picture and one poem won the contest for the ARCs of I CRAWL THROUGH IT.

Zach--what a poem! Thank you!

Rei (@reillyharr82) I loved the picture. I'm a sucker for pool chairs.

Send your mailing details to me wherever we connect. I'll contact you both the minute I post this.

More soon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015



I've won things since I was last here.

I'm very thrilled to tell you that GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE has won the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller's Association (NAIBA) Best Book of the Year in the YA category. Can't wait to shell out a ton of Indie Love at the conference in early October.

And if that wasn't cool enough, GLORY got word that she won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award from ALAN. And I sure can't wait for the ALAN conference this year to shell out huge Teacher Love. I missed you all last year!

I'm humbled, grateful and stoked. All at the same time.

So now, you should win things, too.


I have two Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of I Crawl Through It to give away.

You have until Monday 9-7-15 at 11:59pm EDT.

There are two ways to do this. 

Challenge #1: Take a picture of yourself crawling through something weird. (Thanks to @OPSMrWiegert on Twitter for this idea.) Post it to me (@AS_King) on Twitter. If you remember, please use the hashtag #icrawlthroughit but if you forget and you just post it to me, that's okay, too. 

This one is a Twitter contest. (If you choose the picture challenge. Keep reading if you don't choose the picture challenge.) If you're not on Twitter, leave me a comment below and let me know where I can see your entry.

Here's me crawling through a large pretzel. 

Amy crawling through a giant pretzel. 

I crawled through it instead, see?

Challenge #2: If you're shy or generally not into posting pictures of yourself you have another choice. You can write me a poem. The title must be: 

"How To Tell If Your ___________ Is Real"

You fill in the blank and write me a poem. 

No word count here. You can go as short as you'd like. But please, nothing over 30 lines. 

Example from I CRAWL THROUGH IT:

How To Tell If Your Bed Is Real 

Your bed is real if you are safe inside of it.
Your bed is real if you are safe outside of it. 

That's the shortest poem in the book. So don't feel you need to go that short.
Post your poem in the comment section, please.

If anything here is confusing, let me know in the comments. I wrote this while rushing out the door.

Adding: This contest is international! I lived abroad a long time. I get it. :)

Good luck!