Friday, April 27, 2012

Everybody Sees the Ants

by: A.S. King
Pages: 279
Format: Hardcover
Year pub: 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.

Lucky's character was pretty clear and  struggling: he was bullied, and his parents aren't very much of a help. Now in the total plain to state it specifics? His mom is a squid, swimming away the problems. His dad is a turtle, hiding away whenever something bad happens. His guidance counselor isn't much help so to say that Nader McMillian is beating him up for no reason. 

Truly it's nice because he doesn't suddenly one day wakes up and wants to change and it happens. He goes through a process with the kindness ninja, his uncle Dave and aunt Jodi, and standing up for himself, being in control. You get to be in control for who you are, now make a difference. 

And everyone does see the ants. I do, many do, and maybe you do as well.

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