A technicolor fever dream, like everything King writes. All time in the world has stopped and a new, false clock has been constructed so that everyone can pretend time is moving forward. Truda joins the track team, throws a javelin for the first time, and almost instantly breaks the world record. There's a mysterious switch on the wall of her house that her father keeps building larger and larger boxes around. King is a master manipulator of craft, and the structure here is deconstructed to its bones in a way that feels fascinatingly architectural. This is a book that will burrow you further into your own brain. Incredible. — Nadja Tiktinsky
A surreal and timely novel about the effects of isolation and what it means to be connected to the world from the Printz Award-winning author of Dig.
Time has stopped. It's been June 23, 2020 for nearly a year as far as anyone can tell. Frantic adults demand teenagers focus on finding practical solutions to the worldwide crisis. Not everyone is on board though. Javelin-throwing prodigy Truda Becker is pretty sure her "Solution Time" class won't solve the world's problems, but she does have a few ideas what might. Truda lives in a house with a switch that no one ever touches, a switch her father protects every day by nailing it into hundreds of progressively larger boxes. But Truda's got a crow bar, and one way or another, she's going to see what happens when she flips the switch.
About the Author
A.S. King is the award-winning author of many acclaimed books for young readers. Her novel Dig won the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award, and Ask The Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her "one of the best YA writers working today." King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade. www.as-king.com
★ "Timely and extraordinary, teen readers will find themselves immersed in this timeless world."—SLJ, starred review
★ "An unsettling but emotionally resonant novel for our own unsettling times."—Bookpage, starred review
★ “King explores the meaning of time and the toxicity of family secrets. This inventive, surreal novel’s dedication, ‘For the class of 2020,’ makes a direct address to real-life teens’ ‘lost’ COVID-19 year.” —Horn Book, starred review
"A work of literary genius."—Booklist
"Printz Award winner King returns with another surrealist masterpiece."—Kirkus
"Poignant, propulsive, and profound."—Publishers Weekly
A BookPage Best Book of 2021 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2021