KIDS OF APPETITE
Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.
This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.
ACCOLADES FOR KIDS OF APPETITE:
"funny, sweet, utterly heart-wrenching." — Entertainment Weekly (review)
“A gorgeous, insightful, big-hearted joy of a book. Kids of Appetite made me fall in love with the world a little bit more.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
“Kids of Appetite is one of the most honest, emotional, human books I have ever read. You will feel it. This one's a life-changer.” —Becky Albertalli, Morris Award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
— A Junior Library Guild selection — Kids' Indie Next List "Top Ten" Pick (Autumn 2016)
"Showcases a memorable cast of outsiders carving out space for themselves . . . Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness, building Mad and Vic's stories with practiced patience." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Showcases Luminous and deeply affecting... Beautifully written with compelling voices, evocative allusions and metaphors, and pithy aphorisms, this offers the sentimental cleansing (the kind that comes with tears) that books do best, admirably living up to Mad's own favorite book, The Outsiders, in its path through tragedy to blessing." —BCCB, STARRED review
"Spot-on pacing and lovely wordsmithing. Sophisticated teen readers will love this." —Kirkus Reviews
"Arnold’s prose is sharp and observant, his pacing restrained, revealing each character’s backstory gradually while also setting up a murder investigation that keeps readers guessing until the second it doesn’t. Vic constantly refers to life revelations from his father, including the idea of “simultaneous extreme opposites”—a concept that, given all the laugh-cries to be had in his emotionally well-wrought novel, Arnold motherfrakking nails." —The Horn Book Review
"Arnold offers a heartfelt tale that entwines ferocity with quirk, loss with first love, and beauty with asymmetry . . . Philosophical teens drawn to themes of belonging will revel in his latest." —Booklist
"Passion, honesty and energy radiate off every page of this memorable book." —Justine Magazine
"The diverse group of characters substantiates the culmination of the plot... A great book." —VOYA
"[a] gorgeously written book whose characters will stay with you long after you've finished reading." —BuzzFeed (full article)
"With Kids of Appetite, [Arnold] brings the same intense emotion and stunning prose that made Mosquitoland such a perfect book, and takes on some bigger challenges." —Book Riot (full article)
"Raw, honest, and incredibly affecting." —Bustle
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After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
ACCOLADES FOR MOSQUITOLAND:
"Arnold proves his worth as a top-notch storyteller on his first literary go-round, which is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller's Day Off if done by John Hughes with Jack Kerouac. . . Mosquitoland stings in all the right places, which is why it will no doubt be many teenagers' new favorite book and win over the crustiest old-timer, too." —USA Today (4/4 stars)
“It's a breath of fresh air when a novel like David Arnold's Mosquitoland bucks the usual classifications and stands defiantly alone. . . like any odyssey worth embarking on, what the heroine—and the reader—finds along the way is far more interesting than we ever could have expected.” —Entertainment Weekly (full review)
"David Arnold combines brio with compassion in this captivating first novel, which holds surprises, big and small, right to the end... Illuminating"—Washington Post (full review)
"David Arnold's sparkling, startling, laugh-out-loud debut. . . speaks to the sweetness of life, the courage of love and the blinkers that adolescents may need to remove to see what is truly around them"—Wall Street Journal (full review)
"One of the most talked about books of the year" —Teen Vogue
— An NPR Best Book of 2015 — A Publishers Weekly Spring 2015 Flying Start — Kids' Indie Next List "Top Ten" Pick (Spring 2015) — A Junior Library Guild selection — ABA Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices title — An Amazon Best Book of the Year 2015: Young Adult — A Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth 2015 — A Kirkus Unforgettable Debut 2015 — A Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth 2015 — A BookPage Best Teen Book of 2015 — A Bustle Best YA Book of 2015 — A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2015 — A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of 2015 — A Hudson Booksellers Best Book for Young Readers 2015 — A 2016 TAYSHAS Reading List — 2015 Great Lakes Great Reads award winner — 2016 Friends of American Writers young people's literature award winner — 2017 Nutmeg Book Award nominee — 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize award winner
"In Mosquitoland, David Arnold has created one of the most unique narrative voices to show up in the world of young adult fiction. I don't remember life before Mim, and I don't want to. Mosquitoland is equal parts sharp, sad, and surreal. This book is genius, war paint and all."
—John Corey Whaley, National Book Award Finalist and Printz-winning author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin
“David Arnold’s writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect.”
—Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray
"Wholly enjoyable... There is no shortage of humor in Mim’s musings, interspersed with tender scenes and a few heart-pounding surprises. Mim’s triumphant evolution is well worth the journey." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Arnold pens a stunning debut, showcasing a cast of dynamic characters... Mesmerizing." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
"Arnold boldly tackles mental illness and despair, and sexual assault and sexual identity, without ever once losing the bigheartedness of the story. . . In the words of one of Mim's Greyhound seatmates, Mosquitoland has pizzazz--lots and lots of it." —Booklist, STARRED review
"Arnold’s characters are captivating and believable. . . This is a very engaging and compelling story about individuals who succeed or fail to manage life’s challenges." —School Library Connection, STARRED review
"Arnold skillfully sets up doubts in readers' minds about how reliable Mim's impressions are, even as her razor-sharp humor and intelligence make us want to believe her. David Arnold is a writer to watch." —Shelf Awareness STARRED review
“A wacky road trip... [Mim's] voice is so singular and full of heart.” —The Horn Book
"A strong emphasis on personal alienation and the saving grace of community permeates this voice-driven novel, and the whip-smart narration is seductive and powerful." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“This book makes me wish I were a school librarian, just so I could buy ten copies for my collection.” —Barnes & Noble Teen Blog
“First-time novelist David Arnold has uncannily captured the voice of a 16-year-old girl with beauty and style in Mosquitoland. . . Arnold’s prose is delicious as he peels back each of Mim’s layers on her long ride.” —BookPage
“A classic road trip narrative... written with tenderness” —National Post (Canada)
“Packed full of quotable moments that will likely end up being literary tattoos in the future... Hilarious and heart-wrenching” —The Huffington Post (full article)
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