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Everybody sees the ants : a novel /

by King, A. S. (Amy Sarig).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 282 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780316129282 :; 0316129283.Title notes: $17.99 (g) 4-2013 (db)Subject(s): Self-confidence -- Fiction | Family problems -- Fiction | Bullies -- Fiction | Dreams -- Fiction | Grandfathers -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Fiction | Arizona -- Fiction | Self-confidence -- Juvenile fiction | Dysfunctional families -- Juvenile fiction | Bullying -- Juvenile fiction | Dreams -- Juvenile fiction | Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction | Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Juvenile fiction | Arizona -- Juvenile fiction | Self-confidence -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Bullies -- Fiction | Dreams -- Fiction | Grandfathers -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Fiction | Arizona -- Fiction | Family problems -- FictionSummary: Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.
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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.

$17.99 (g) 4-2013 (db)

Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

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Horn Book Review

Heyborne, narrator of the 2012 Odyssey Award winner (Rotters), gives a compelling performance of this novel featuring fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman, who's anything but lucky. He's been bullied since he was seven, and it's only getting worse. His workaholic dad is physically and emotionally distant, damaged by the absence of his own dad, MIA in the Vietnam War. Lucky's dreams (or are they?) about POW Granddad Harry are interspersed with descriptions of Lucky's experiences at school, at home, and visiting his aunt and uncle -- where he is befriended by gorgeous and gutsy seventeen-year-old Ginny. Heyborne captures seven-year-old Lucky's disbelief when the dreams first begin and the older boy's growing desperation to rescue his grandfather from his jungle prison. The ants -- the hilarious miniature Greek chorus that observes and comments on Lucky's life -- get a well-timed comic delivery from the narrator, whose resume includes improv comedy. Listeners will be swept up in the engrossing story through Heyborne's expert command of voices: Lucky's adolescent sarcasm; Granddad Harry's calm, mature tones; Aunt Jodi's annoying self-righteousness; and the jaded manner of speaking that hides Ginny's inner vulnerability. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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