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Great Reads from Great Places

"Grasshopper Jungle" by Andrew Smith

Age: Young Adult

Austin and Robby didn't exactly mean to start the end of the world in the small town of Ealing, Iowa — but that's what happens when they unleash an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises. “Grasshopper Jungle” (Speak) is a coming-of-age story set in recession-era, small-town America.

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several novels for young adults. “Grasshopper Jungle” is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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