The two worst jobs I ever had were: 1) Working in a chemical milling plant where we manufactured electronics parts by dissolving chunks of metal in disgusting and toxic chemicals, and 2) Unloading crates of bananas from ships that came from Central America—the crates often had enormous and disgusting bugs in them.

Andrew Smith is online at ghostmedicine.blogspot.com or www.authorandrewsmith.com


100 Sideways Miles

by Andrew Smith

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he's ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

Ghost Medicine

by Andrew Smith

Troy Stotts, who is still mourning the recent death of his mother, relates the events of the previous year, when he and his two closest friends try to retaliate against the sheriff’s son, who had been bullying them for years. (gr 8-12)

Grasshopper Jungle

by Andrew Smith

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. This is history.
It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

You know what I mean. (gr 9-12)

In the Path of Falling Objects

by Andrew Smith

In 1970, after their older brother is shipped off to Vietnam, sixteen-year-old Jonah and his younger brother Simon leave home to find their father, who is being released from an Arizona prison, but soon find themselves hitching a ride with a violent killer. (gr 9-12)

Stick

by Andrew Smith

Protected by his older brother from bullies who tease him because he was born missing an ear, 14-year-old Stark McClellan is unable to hide from his abusive parents and runs away from home when his older brother is thrown out of the house for revealing his sexual orientation. (gr 9-12)

The Alex Crow

by Andrew Smith

Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.

Marbury Lens (Marbury Lens #1)

by Andrew Smith

After being kidnapped and barely escaping, 16-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all. (gr 11-12)

Winger (Winger #1)

by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. (gr 8-12)