Pick The Lock Pre-Orders

Tacos for everyone! We are as excited as you are for Amy's next book Pick the Lock.

Signed and personalized pre-orders are now available.

Things to know:

  • We have special discounted shipping for copies of Pick the Lock.
    • Orders can only include copies of Pick the Lock. (Other titles need to be ordered separately.)
    • Books will be shipped as quickly as possible but may not arrive to you on release day.
  • Aaron's Books is hosting the book launch event (details TBA). If you are local and may be attending, please hold your order until event tickets are available as we will not be refunding shipping charges. Event details will be announced on our social media channels as soon as they are final - make sure you are following us on FB and Insta!
  • Preorders with in-store pick up will be available on release day 9/24.
  • If you would like your book personalized, please note that in the comments section of order check out.



A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by The New York Times Book Review. She has received more starred reviews than any other writer for teens or children for her celebrated YA and middle grade novels. <Order signed copies here.> She is the only two-time winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award (2020 for Dig and 2024 for The Collectors). In 2022, King received the ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. In 2023, she accepted the ALAN Award from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE for her "outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature." She writes Middle Grade fiction as Amy Sarig King, including Attack of the Black Rectangles and Me and Marvin Gardens.

She is a former faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she spends many months of the year traveling the country speaking to high school and university students, educators, and humans who care about the mental health of young people. After a decade living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.


About Pick The Lock

From Michael L. Printz Award winner A.S. King, comes a weird and insightful new novel about a girl intent on picking the lock on her toxic family.

Jane Vandermaker-Cook would like her mother back. As Jane's mother tours the world to support the family, Jane lives and goes to school in a Victorian mansion with her younger brother and their mendacious father who confines Jane's mother to a system of pneumatic tubes whenever she's at home. And then there's weirdly ever-present Aunt Finch, Milorad the gardener, and his rat, Brutus. For Jane, this all seems normal until she suddenly gains access to the files for a lifetime of security-camera videos--her lifetime.

A.S. King's latest surrealist masterpiece follows Jane's bizarre and brilliant journey to reconnect with her mother by breaking out of her shell and composing a punk opera.


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ISBN: 9780593353974
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2024