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Aug 28

Dig, by A.S. King

Posted on August 28, 2020 at 11:21 AM by Amy Rutten

Dig, 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. 

Dig

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

For: Teens and Adults
Awards: 2020 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 






If you enjoyed Dig, try these similar books:

the rest of us just live here    Glory O'Brien's History of the Future   bridge of clay