Both a coming-of-age tale and an apocalyptic adventure, award-winning author Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle was one of the most talked about novels of 2014. Set in the fictional Ealing, Iowa, Grasshopper Jungle is told through the eyes of teen Austin Szerba, who is dealing with his feelings for both his girlfriend and his best friend during the potential end of the world brought on by 6-foot-tall praying mantises. The novel was given the Boston Globe-Horne Book Award for Fiction and will soon be an Edgar Wright-directed movie.


If you’d like to get your hands on this buzzed about book, then you’re in luck: The A.V. Club and Penguin Books are giving away five copies of the paperback edition of Grasshopper Jungle, which was just released last week. Winners will also receive a “Keep YA Weird” tote and button from Andrew Smith’s upcoming book tour, which celebrates experimentalism and imagination in YA literature. For your chance to win, simply send an email to with the subject line “Grasshopper Jungle.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address in the body of the email. On Friday, March 6, we’ll randomly select five winners from eligible entries who will be notified shortly thereafter. Estimated retail value for the prize package is $12.99.