by A.S. King, is a (sur)real Young Adult novel that deals with some heavy topics (teen pregnancy, drinking, drugs, rape, trauma, neglect, privilege, and racism, to name a few). But after just a few pages, you’ll want to know why the Freak can flicker to anywhere in the world just by closing her eyes, why Loretta lives in a circus wagon in Pennsylvania, why Malcolm flies First Class to Jamaica every few weeks, what, exactly is CanIHelpYou? putting in the take-out bags at Arby's, and why The Shoveler can’t stop shoveling. All questions are eventually answered, but the answers don't really make sense until the end.
Amy’s thoughts: This book won the Printz prize this spring (2020), and deserves every accolade it’s received. It’s a surreal look at how white privilege (and other traumas) have a generational impact on all of us. It will change how you think about your family, your friends, and society in general.
Dig, by A.S. King
Teens and Adults
2020 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
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