By Stephan Lee
Updated June 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM EDT
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In a young-adult literature landscape that can sometimes feel generically dystopian, author Andrew Smith has always delivered something wildly different. Smith’s The Marbury Lens followed a boy whose magic glasses allowed him to see an almost unbearably grotesque other-world; his most recent, Winger, gave us an uncommonly funny, envelope-pushing teen narrator. His seventh YA novel, Grasshopper Jungle (out Feb. 20, 2014), goes far into the absurd but promises to run as deep as this other novels. Seriously, check out the official plot description:

Giant, horny grasshoppers and Polish emigration in one novel? Does Grasshopper Jungle sound too crazy or just crazy enough?

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