Thorndike Press


  • A. S. King
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432875582
  • ISBN-13: 9781432875589
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 596 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released April 2020

This product is part of:

Young Adult - Large Print Standing Order Plan

Offers the best of young adult literature in a large print format‚ designed for reading levels from grades 8 through 12 and beyond. These are high-appeal titles with adult crossover potential.



A Michael L. Printz Medal Winner
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Boston Globe Horn Book Fanfare Book
A Chicago Public Library Best Book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Title
A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Top Ten Title

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family's maze of secrets. Only a generation removed from being Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account — wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings' suburban respectability begins to spread, the far-flung grandchildren gradually find their ways back to one another, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

Age Range: 14- | Grade Level: 9- | Lexile Measure: NA