Everybody Sees The Ants

Everybody Sees The Ants

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 146 x 212 x 28mm | 399.16g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316129283
  • 9780316129282
  • 232,833

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* "The unusual and occasionally comic juxtaposition of the POW experience with Lucky's victimization... [offers] compelling food for thought about the things we can control and the things we can't, and how that distinction ultimately determines the need for action." ""The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books," starred review""show more

About A. S. King

A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed "Reality Boy"; "Ask the Passengers," a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; "Everybody Sees the Ants"; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book "Please Ignore Vera Dietz." She is also the author of "The Dust of 100 Dogs," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. When asked about her writing, King says, "Some people don't know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that's an accurate description of how I feel every day." She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.show more

Review Text

A 2012 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Title A 2012 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Teens A Keystone to Reading Children's Choice Award Winner A 2014 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nomineeshow more

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3 18% (1,894)
2 5% (479)
1 2% (222)
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