We are delighted to welcome award-winning young adult author Andrew Smith to the Book Stall for an in-store conversation with librarian, author, reviewer and blogger Betsy Bird. They will be discussing Andrew's new book, Rabbit & Robot. Told with his signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot is the story of Cager Messer, a boy stranded on the Tennessee--his father's lunar-cruise utopia--with insane robots.
Cager has been transported to the Tennessee by his friends Billy and Rowan who hope to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. As the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they'll be stranded in space forever.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, "Readers will enjoy unraveling the meaning within this provocative jaunt by Smith (Grasshopper Jungle), which dissects society, technology, othering, and what makes humanity human."
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
Andrew Smith is the author of several novels for young adults, including Winger, Stand-Off, 100 Sideways Miles, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. He lives in a remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn't watch television, and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails.
Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library. Betsy reviews for Kirkus, served on the 2007 Newbery Award committee, and her children's literature blog, A Fuse #8 Production, is hosted by School Library Journal. Betsy is the author of the picture book Giant Dance Party (Greenwillow, 2013) illustrated by Brandon Dorman, and a co-author on the nonfiction book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature (Candlewick, 2014)
We love love love Andrew's work and recommend it for readers 14 and up. The purhcase of a one of Andrew's books from The Book Stall is requested from those wishing to enter to book-signing queue.
Told with Andrew Smith’s signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot tells the story of Cager Messer, a boy who’s stranded on the Tennessee—his father’s lunar-cruise utopia—with insane robots.
Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his