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David Arnold

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David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the critically-acclaimed author of Mosquitoland, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And pesto. He believes fiercely in pesto.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
David Arnold recommends
Everything, Everything (2015)
Nicola Yoon
"With her stunning debut, Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon has constructed an entirely unique and beautiful reading experience. Gorgeous writing meshes with original artwork to tell a love story like no other. You’ve never read a book like this."
Aftercare Instructions (2017)
Bonnie Pipkin
"Mighty, innovative, and nearly impossible to put down."
Dress Codes for Small Towns (2017)
Courtney C Stevens
"A poetic love letter to the complexities of teenage identity, and the frustrations of growing up in a place where everything fits in a box - except you."
Down and Across (2018)
Arvin Ahmadi
"Arvin Ahmadi's earnest debut is a charming romp of a book, a heartfelt tour of a city through the bright eyes of a hopeful heart. Ahmadi proves his grit and then some with Down and Across."
Twelve Steps to Normal (2018)
Farrah Penn
"Twelve Steps to Normal is a powerful, heartfelt debut about the lengths we'll go for those we love, and the hurdles we encounter along the way. In pages brimming with honesty, Penn shines an empathetic light on addiction, ultimately demonstrating that forgiveness--not only its redemptive qualities, but its messy ones, too--is well worth the struggle."
Dear Evan Hansen (2018)
Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"Today's going to be an amazing day, and here's why: because you're holding this book."
The Music of What Happens (2019)
Bill Konigsberg
"The Music of What Happens is a compelling, laugh-out-loud story, as swoon-worthy as it is deeply affecting. Max and Jordan grabbed hold of my heart from the moment I met them and I don't see them letting go any time soon. Konigsberg has a way of making me see the world--and food trucks!--a little differently."
If You're Out There (2019)
Katy Loutzenhiser
"Part Holmesian mystery, part love story, and funny as hell, If You’re Out There is a true exploration of deep-rooted friendship that unfolds with pitch-perfect pacing. It’s my new obsession."
Internment (2019)
Samira Ahmed
"A powerful and poignant exploration of a nightmare made real. It's a testament to Ahmed's writing then, that the heart of the story is one of hope. Read INTERNMENT. Raise a fist."
This Might Hurt a Bit (2019)
Doogie Horner
"Survival is key in this debut novel as irreverent as it is gratifying."
All the Things We Never Knew (2020)
Liara Tamani
"A beautifully poignant love letter: to a first love, to basketball, and to that enigmatic bunch we think we know best, only to discover we don't know at all--family. Tamani's latest is a bright shining star."
Mayhem (2020)
Estelle Laure
"Laure has crafted the genre-busting, 80s romp-of-a-read we need right now. A sweeping generational story, Mayhem comes with all the trappings I’ve come to expect from Laure’s writing - flawed characters, gorgeous prose, rich settings - only this time, infused with a dose of gothic fairytale. Mayhem is full of magic."

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