Profile

A.S. King is the award-winning author of acclaimed young adult books including 2021’s Switch, 2019’s Dig., which won the 2020 Michael L. Printz award and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; 2016’s New York Times Notable Children’s Book, Still Life with Tornado; I Crawl Through It; Walden Award-winning Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future; 2013’s Reality Boy; the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers; Everybody Sees the Ants; and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. King also writes Middle Grade novels under her full name, Amy Sarig King, including Me and Marvin Gardens and The Year We Fell From Space.

King has been called “One of the best YA writers working today” by The New York Times Book Review. Twice a NTYBR Editors’ Choice, and many times landing on the best lists of Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, as well as many American Library Association lists, King has managed to bridge a gap between teen and adult readers with her crossover approach to writing young adult novels. She has been an Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee, a Nebula nominee, and a Lambda Literary Award nominee. King’s short fiction for adults has been widely published and nominated for Best New American Voices.

After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.

Education

Diploma - Stress Counseling | National College of Communication, Dublin

NALA Training Courses, Ireland

AA - Photography | Art Institute of Philadelphia

Selected work

Laura Shovan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

A.R. Capetta

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

An Na

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Deborah Marcero

Faculty, MFA in WCYA