Author(s): A. S. King
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A. S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger. Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth--which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle--and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that--until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.
Now available in paperback, Printz Honor author A.S King's Reality Boy was called a 'showstopper' by The Horn Book and is powerful and moving story of how a former reality show child 'star' grows into an angry teenage boy.
* "King offers a compelling look at possible long-term effects of reality shows.... thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic." ""Library Media Connection," starred review""
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner, Everybody Sees the Ants, and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. When asked about her writing, King says, 'Some people don't know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that's an accurate description of how I feel everyday.' She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children.