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Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith knew ever since his days as editor of his high school newspaper that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he experimented with journalistic careers - writing for newspapers and radio stations - but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with... show more

Andrew Smith knew ever since his days as editor of his high school newspaper that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he experimented with journalistic careers - writing for newspapers and radio stations - but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, working at various times in a metals mill, as a longshoreman unloading bananas from Central America and imported autos from Japan, in bars and liquor stores, in security, and as a musician, before settling down permanently in Southern California. Here, he got his first "real job," as a teacher in an alternative educational program for At-Risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Throughout his life, Smith continued to write, but never considered seeking publication until challenged into it by lifelong friend, author Kelly Milner Halls. In 2008, Smith published his first novel, Ghost Medicine, an ALA/YALSA "Best Books for Young Adults." This was followed in 2009 with In the Path of Falling Objects, also a BBYA recipient. The Marbury Lens is Smith's third novel, and will be followed in 2011 by Stick. Smith prefers the seclusion of his rural setting, where he lives with his wife, 16-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter, two horses, three dogs, three cats, and one irritable lizard named Leo.
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Thalia @ Pictures in the Words
Thalia @ Pictures in the Words rated it 2 years ago
I am finally reviewing a book I actually read this year! However… I finished it in May, so here’s to the (almost) last shorter-than-normal review. I borrowed a copy of this book from a teacher, so I don’t have any notes or ability to flip back through it and remember my thoughts better; I’ll still g...
Randal
Randal rated it 3 years ago
Snarky. There is "funny" snarky, and then there is just plain mean-spirited snarky. This book falls in the latter category. And is definitely not funny. Purportedly about his time as the writer on a day-time "ladies" talk show, the author trashes just about everything and everyone in his path. His j...
Lornographic Material
Lornographic Material rated it 4 years ago
Andrew Smith is one of my new favorite authors, and Ryan Dean West is one of my favorite fictional characters because he doesn't feel like a fictional character. He deals with real problems and usually fucks up because he's human. There's a big difference between Winger and Stand-Off, but that's not...
carolesrandomlife
carolesrandomlife rated it 4 years ago
I love Ryan Dean West. I would have never guess that I would enjoy reading a book about a 15 year old boy as much as I did. This book had the same kind of humor mixed in with heartfelt moments that were found in the previous book. I have to say that I think I enjoyed Winger a bit more than this book...
boghunden
boghunden rated it 4 years ago
Likes:• Ved første øjekast er dette en bog der lyder til at være dystopisk. Det var den da også noget af tiden, men langt det meste af bogen var altså ikke. Normalt ville jeg nok være blevet skuffet, for det her med græshopperne, det fyldte relativt lidt i bogen. Lige præcis med denne bog gjorde det...
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