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I’m looking for the Real Solution.

I think it has something to do with giving a shit about people…

To understand anything is to understand energy / anger / love.

A surreal and timely novel about isolation and human connection from Michael L. Printz Award-winner A.S. King.

Time has stopped. It’s been 23 June 2020 for nearly a year. Sixteen-year-old Tru Becker lives in a house with a power switch that no one ever touches. Her father nails larger and larger boxes over the switch. Tru is inside box seven, from where she has to deal with not only her family’s problems, but also the impossible science project she’s been set at school. Tru has a crowbar, and, one way or another, she’s going to see what happens when she flips the switch.

Written with the same heart, nuance and depth as A.S. King’s other prize-winning books, Switch is about finding ways to deal with past trauma, trusting and re-setting.


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A.S. King
About the Author

A.S. King is the author of many acclaimed novels and has won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2020 for Dig, a Michael L. Printz Honor in 2011 for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012 for Ask the Passengers, The Amelia Walden Award, The Carolyn Field Award, and one time she won 50 on a scratch card.

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Praise for A.S. King

‘One of the best YA writers working today.’

‘Anyone who thinks YA books can’t also be great literature needs to read this author.’

‘King understands and writes teen anxieties like no other, resulting in difficult, resonant, compelling characters and stories.’

‘Maybe there are writers more adept than King at capturing the outrageous and outraged voice of teenagers, but it’s difficult to think of one.’

‘A.S. King shows a deep understanding of teen anxieties and writes with streetwise humour, tenderness and originality…Hers is a magical style that dances off the page.’

Switch is mind-bending, life-affirming and brilliant. Nobody maps the wilderness of growing up like A. S. King.’

‘As Switch explores the spectrum between isolation and connection, it becomes an unsettling but emotionally resonant novel for our own unsettling times.’

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  • Switch
    ISBN: 9781922459435
    3 August 2021
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