by David Arnold


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“Top-notch” —USA Today
“Illuminating” — Washington Post
“A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly
“Memorable” —People
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
 So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

*Includes a discussion guide, exclusive author interview, and music lyrics written by David Arnold

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147513656
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 56,693
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Arnold lives in Lexington, KY, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. 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 chips. He believes fiercely in chips. Mosquitoland is his first novel.
You can learn more at and follow him on twitter @roofbeam.

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Accolades for Mosquitoland:

- ABA Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices title
- A Junior Library Guild selection

"In Mosquitoland, David Arnold has created one of the most unique narrative voices to show up in the world of young adult fiction. I don't remember life before Mim, and I don't want to. Mosquitoland is equal parts sharp, sad, and surreal.  This book is genius, war paint and all."
John Corey Whaley, Printz-winning author of Where Things Come Back

“David Arnold’s writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect.”
Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray

“Arnold pens a stunning debut, showcasing a cast of dynamic characters. . . Mesmerizing.” —Kirkus, starred review

"Arnold boldly tackles mental illness and despair, and sexual assault and sexual identity, without ever once losing the bigheartedness of the story. . . In the words of one of Mim's Greyhound seatmates, Mosquitoland has pizazz—lots and lots of it." —Booklist, starred review

"Debut author Arnold’s book is filled with some incredible moments of insight. The protagonist is a hard-edged narrator with a distinct voice. There is a lot for teens to admire and even savor." —School Library Journal

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Mosquitoland 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isn't for everybody, but it's a great choice for readers looking for something unusual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosquitoland is different from any book I've ever read because of its unique setting and conflict. I found this book interesting and suspenseful. This book set off many different emotions. At times I felt both mad, sad, happy and confused. Mosquitoland made me realize that when you think your life bad, there are always people living a worse life. David Arnold also includes a little bit of romance in this novel which made it cute. I enjoyed how into depth Arnold talked about each situation so you never felt confused or questioned what happened.   David Arnold wrote an amazing book which I never wanted to put down, and I recommend it for people in high school or older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weird and different but amazingly good. This book will stick with you.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
You know those books that just stay with you long after you read them? The kind where you went in not expecting much, and was then blown away by it? This was that kind of book for me. I went into this book as I do most contemporaries, expecting mostly fluff, but this book was so much more than that. In fact, I never tab or sticky books, with a few exceptions, but I tabbed this one so much. And then I bought a finished copy. I’m not saying that this is a perfect book. It has its moments. But I still found it an exceptional read. Mary Iris Malone, known as Mim, has been uprooted from her mother and childhood home, to move with her father and new stepmother to what she has dubbed “Mosquitoland”. When she finds out her mother is sick, she hops on a Greyhound bus to go back to Ohio. Along the way, she gets into quite a few skirmishes, and meets an eclectic group of people. Mim isn’t the most likeable character, I think, but I also think that was the point. I actually enjoyed her quite a bit. She was blunt, honest, and clever. She has a different and unique way of looking at things, and she wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. This book is told in two ways: Mim narrating her current journey, and Mim’s letters to someone that mainly include flashbacks from her life. We get to learn who Mim really is, and she is quite an interesting person. She sees the world differently, and that’s a good thing. I love a good road trip story, and this was just that. But along the way, Mim also has to learn to fight her demons. This was a coming of age story, in which Mim learns who she is, and what she wants out of life. Her father has spent most of Mim’s life obsessed that there’s something “wrong” with her, so Mim either covers up how she really feels, or wonders if maybe there really is something wrong with her. Mim isn’t a perfect character. She makes mistakes, does many things wrong. But that’s all part of her learning experience. This book touches on subjects that are so important, says things that really need to be said, that people need to hear. And I loved the supporting cast. Walt, Beck, every person she meets along the way. Mim gets herself into quite the situations, but they were so much fun to read about. This book is so well-written, the pages will seem to fly by. Mim herself says that she is not a fan of predicable endings, and I think Arnold did a great job of tying up loose ends while still keeping them open, and not being predictable. This is definitely one of those books that I wish I could shove on everyone. While I realize this book may not be for everyone, I loved it so much. I thought it had an important message, one we all need to hear. But it wasn’t so serious that it bogged down the story, it was also fun and entertaining. An all-around great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosquitoland was an exceptional book, to be honest. It has the whole she-bang: relatable characters with quirks you’re hoping other people have as well, dark humor, action, that one touch of romance, cynicism…so really everything you could ask for in any decent book. Not to mention that the fact that Mim Malone likes Arcade Fire and Bon Iver is a definite plus. So. Overall, Mosquitoland was brilliant and eccentric and wonderful and lovely. Read it and weep.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ones I've ever read! The characters are great, it never gets boring, and it's so real.
katerinekit More than 1 year ago
I am the type of avid reader that sticks to series, and of course, they only come out of the Young Adult section.  For my birthday a few days ago, I decided I would start reading types of other books, so I picked this one up- It wasn't a let down. It is such an odd book, yet beautiful. There is most certainly something in the book for everybody, so enjoy!
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I listened to this novel and I don’t think I enjoyed the audio as well as I would have liked to actually read the book. The flashbacks in the novel and some of dramatic parts in the book just weren’t played out as well as I thought they could have been. Mim, her innocence had me laughing and I saw her growth by the time the final CD was set in motion. She just set out to do one thing, to find her mother but when all-was-said-and-done, she truly had an adventure, more than she bargained for, something she could never have planned out. It wasn’t all glorious but I felt that she learned from it and she became a better person because of it. When she started to enjoy the simple things in life, she really started to enjoy herself and she saw the world around her for what it was and she breathed. She paused, she took in the world around her and those around her. The scene that paints the picture for me is the night in the pickup with Walt and Beck, that’s a moment to remember. Life doesn’t have to planned nor perfect to enjoy and she realizes that, this book was a great journey for the both of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I've read in a long while. I was thoroughly impressed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and all the feelings it evokes. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now this is a story I could own and re-read time after time (and I'm not a re-reader). This book had me laughing out loud. I just thought the main character, Mim had such a great sense of humor. I enjoyed the story line, the adventure and the characters. You just never knew what would happen next, not in a page-turning suspenseful way, more of in a I can't believe her luck kind of way. Just a fun, light, great read.
Jordan_S More than 1 year ago
"Because sometimes a thing's not a thing until you say it out loud (Arnold 342)" Mim Malone lives in a small city in Mississippi called Mosquitoland where nothing really happens in this city. Mim's parents are divorced with her mother living in Ohio and Mim living with her dad and stepmom. Mim is not the typical most outgoing person per say but knows when to do something that is right. Mim does not agree with her new stepmom and has always admired her mother who is back in Ohio. When Mim is in school she overhears that her mother is sick back in Ohio. When Mim heard that she knew that she had to go back to Ohio and check in with her mother. Instead of telling her parents Mim takes all the money she can find and hops on a Greyhound bus on route to Ohio. While on the Greyhound bus Mim encounters a lot of strange personalities that make her trip very interesting. Through the bus ride the reader constantly learns more and more about Mim and who she is through the letters that she writes. The letters not only company the experiences she encounters but gives the reader an insight to why Mim acts the way she does through past experiences. But as the story progresses we learn more and more about Mim that leaves us is shock. Mosquitoland is a book about the coming of age and leaves the reader wanting more. This unique book ventures the reader to understand the struggle of being a 16 year old girl with anxiety living with divorced parents. The book is great in the sense that the storytelling is phenomenal but from a reader's perspective it was hard to relate to the characters. It was hard for me to understand where Mim was coming from because her story was so unique. But none the less the story is great because as you continue reading you continue to learn more and more about Mim through her letters and the experiences that she goes through. The only time where the reader is done learning more about Mim is when the reader is done with the book. This creates such a unique experience for a reader to experience literature a new way. I would recommend this book to anyone for the great story telling experience to to experience literature in a new form. And although it might be hard to connect with Mim, the story provides us with many opportunities to understand Mim and where she is coming from without needing a direct understanding of the character. All in all Mosquitoland is a great read for anyone love literature, it tells a great story is such a unique way that can only make the reader leave wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book I couldn't put it down! All of davids books are amazing. I reccomend kids of appetite and always sometimes never
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey does anyome know if this is like Me Earl and the dying girl? If yas than YASSSSSSSSSSSSSS GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!#
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosquitoland by David Arnold is amazing!! It is the perfect book for a lazy day, I finished it in less than 24 hours. Mary Iris Malone makes her way from Mississippi to Cleveland to visit her sick mother. On a greyhound bus, she meets a quirky cast of travelers. The characters are unique, refreshing, and dynamic. It's so beautifully written that I promise you that you won't want to put it down. It's an adventure from start to finish. Unlike typical young adult books, this novel is beautifully written. It captures the thought process of a girl with mental illness and gives insight on what it is like to live with one. The book deals with a lot of real issues like suicide, sexual assault, and mental illness. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mosquitoland by David Arnold tells the story of Mim Malone, a mentally unstable, independent young adult who travels across the country to get to her mysteriously sick mother. On her journey Mim meets a slew of strangers who all teach her something important, providing Mim with both good and bad experiences to take with her through life. Mosquitoland is a great book for both teens and adults, with lessons about coming of age and parenthood that are usable for a wide range of demographics. The letters that Mim writes to Isabel seem random, but Arnold does a great job of tying these topics into the story Mim is telling. Anybody reading Mosquitoland will learn important lessons surrounding the treatment of people with special needs, accepting the flaws of those you love, mental illness, the unexpected kindness of strangers, and enjoy doing it. This is a highly enjoyable read, with enticing language and beautiful storytelling by Arnold.
ChaptersWeLove More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the cover and the premise of a road trip. I didn't hate the book, but I also didn't love it. the way certain topics were handle I didn't think were right (at least for me). I tried so hard to connect with the characters even thought they were very likable, I just couldn't form the connection. I say read it give it a try an see if it's for you!
Cantankerous_Laser-Weasel More than 1 year ago
fantastic. pls read this.
Betsy-Kipnis More than 1 year ago
There’s no place like home... Sometimes that’s true and ways so many this can be taken. “Mosquitoland” by David Arnold toys around with this notion when 16 year old Mim takes to the road on a Greyhound bus journeying to what she used to call home and who she used to call mom. Armed with a coffee can of money, letters, a P.O. box address, her Abilify perscription and her mom’s red lipstick which she refers to as, “warpaint”, Mim peels back the layers of her life as she weans herself from her medication. Even with one eye and declining medication, Mim sees herself for the very first time. During her journey Mim meets many of the dangers awaiting runaways and some of the joys too. The characters on Mim’s journey drive her self discovery as she learns to protect, defend herself and survive. Some of the characters include Poncho Man who’s a predator and Arlene an elderly woman carrying a mysterious box to be delivered to her estranged nephew. Characters such as these help Mim to see that she is capable even with blindness in one eye. Due to an accident and further impending danger, Mim is sidetracked from her Point A to Point B destination and during this time she meets Walt who maintains special needs and beautiful innocence. She and Walt become travel companions and connect with who becomes her first love, Beck. Living off the proceeds from her step mom’s coffee can of money the three of them cross state borders and through their meaningful, sensitive friendships learn further who they are and how they’ve become that way. Heartbeats away from her mom, Mim makes a startling discovery which crystallizes her new view of herself and everything around her. In an era of micro-parenting, medicating children, and heightened parental narcissism, Arnold without dystopia gives us insight into feelings belonging to emerging adults during their individuation process. He shows us that while there are poor choices and a few bad people, the world is still a good place to discover ourselves in.
KerryOMalleyCerra More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a book with a positive main character--especially a character who, truly, has every reason to hate the world. Mim is one of those characters. I won't give any spoilers about the book, but it's safe to say MOSQUITOLAND has been added to my shelf of favorite all-time reads at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago