Books by Andrew Smith

EXILE FROM EDEN by Andrew Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"'I am my father's son,' the protagonist notes early on; this couldn't be truer—for better and, quite arguably, for worse. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A grotesque, post-apocalyptic exploration of story, reality, and adolescent boyhood. Read full book review >
THE SIZE OF THE TRUTH by Andrew Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"Smith's first middle grader is a frustrating misfire. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sam Abernathy is uncomfortable. Read full book review >
RABBIT & ROBOT by Andrew Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A scattered sci-fi romp with occasional fun parts but a passable whole. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
Two overly privileged teens unwittingly escape Earth's last days on a luxury spacecraft. Read full book review >
STAND-OFF by Andrew Smith
Kirkus Star
by Andrew Smith, illustrated by Sam Bosma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A brave, wickedly funny novel about grief and finding a way to live with it, with sweetly realistic first sexual experiences. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Ryan Dean West, who skipped two grades in school, returns for his senior year at an Oregon boarding school in this follow-up to Winger (2013).Read full book review >
THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2015

" Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty, this outlandish novel is grounded by likable characters and their raw experiences. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Three stories wind round one another in unexpected ways in this science-fiction offering peppered with recurring symbols. Read full book review >
100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"All of this and so many more exquisite details make this a breathtaking read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A wickedly witty and offbeat novel involving (among many other things) best friends, first love, classroom behavior outrageous enough to bring about a teacher's aneurysm and a stunningly described shadow-puppet show. Read full book review >
GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"By that measure, then, this is a mighty good book. It is about everything that really matters. Plus voracious giant praying mantises. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A meanderingly funny, weirdly compelling and thoroughly brilliant chronicle of "the end of the world, and shit like that." Read full book review >
WINGER by Andrew Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"Bawdily comic but ultimately devastating, this is unforgettable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A boarding school is the setting for life-changing experiences in this smart, wickedly funny work of realistic fiction from the author of The Marbury Lens (2010). Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Brilliant and remarkably unsettling. (Horror/fantasy. 16 & up)"
The menacing, post-apocalyptic world of Marbury is again richly imagined in this stunning sequel to The Marbury Lens (2010). Read full book review >
STICK by Andrew Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"An altogether compelling, if disturbing work. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A fast-paced, unsettling portrayal of abuse and brotherly loyalty. Read full book review >
THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

An engrossing horror/fantasy hybrid, this page-turner will be best appreciated by those with a taste for ambiguous endings. Sixteen-year-old Jack narrowly escapes a kidnapping by a menacing figure who drugs and nearly rapes him. Soon after, he and his best friend, Connor, embark on a planned trip to England, where a strange man gives Jack a set of purple eyeglasses that transport him to an alternate universe called Marbury whenever he wears them. In this post-apocalyptic world of ghosts and monsters, Jack and others struggle against the attacks of roving bands of creatures, once human, who have transformed into grotesque cannibals, and Jack's grip on reality becomes increasingly tenuous. Nightmarish imagery is chillingly effective, and the pacing superbly builds suspense. Connor's unrelenting teasing of Jack (including the oft-repeated suggestion that Jack's virginity means he must be gay) is authentic in its portrayal of the experience of close friendship between some teen boys. However, in the end there are many questions left unanswered—which may well prove frustrating to readers expecting an explanation of Jack's experiences. (Horror/fantasy. 16 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Abandoned by their mother, out of food and even water, 16-year-old Jonah and his brother, Simon, two years younger, embark on a brutal but mesmerizing road trip that steers an unswerving course toward tragedy. Traveling from their Southwest desert home toward the Arizona prison their father will soon be leaving, they're picked up by Mitch, a murderous psychopath, and Lilly, 16, pregnant and following the path of least resistance. Mitch's car, a swank classic Lincoln, becomes the scene for much of the action, as Jonah and Simon both fall for Lilly, their poorly concealed interest enraging their unstable traveling companion. Mitch's plan to kill the brothers evolves at a leisurely pace, and horror mounts as Simon falls under his spell. Jonah safeguards letters from eldest brother Matthew, serving in Vietnam, that graphically document a different horror, with multiple killings officially sanctioned but no less brutal. His parallel story, drug- and violence-laced, is slowly revealed. The cold-blooded murders Mitch commits on whim and Matthew's war experiences steer this thriller toward the upper end of the range; older teens will be riveted. (Historical fiction. 14 & up) Read full book review >
GHOST MEDICINE by Andrew Smith
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

To escape the ghosts lurking between him and his father after his mother's death, 16-year-old Troy Stotts takes a job working for his crush Luz's father and spends his free time with his optimistic best friend, Tommy Buller, fixing up town recluse Rose's decrepit house. When the sheriff's thuggish son tries to rape Luz, Troy and his friends engage in an escalating antagonism that leads to both death and openness. Though Smith's lyrical prose moves at a glacial pace, the slowly building narrative gathers the heart-wrenching moments together to create a fully engrossing tale. Understating the violence, Smith instead allows readers to create their own graphic images of skewered horses and gunshot wounds. Troy's attempts at invisibility contrast with other characters' desire for recognition and fatherly approval. Rose grows beyond a stock crotchety cat lady to provide moments of genuine humor and insight, very much in the mold of Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax. After a slow start, Smith canters to a satisfying finish. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >