Everybody Sees the Ants
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2011-10-03
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Lucky’s life is crumbling away. He’s been having these dreams of liberating his grandfather who is MIA ever since his grandmother passed away and she asked Lucky to rescue him- such a huge request for a seven-year-old. Every one of these dreams are different and they are all reflect back to someth...
I really enjoyed this book. It was a smooth read that I didn't want to put down. I'm pleased that when I first picked this book up I realized that I wasn't ready for it (in the mood) and put it down. Doing that allowed me time to acclimate myself with the story this time around.
Deeply disturbing and excellently written, this book plunges one into the heart and mind of a kid who's been routinely, excruciatingly, unmercifully bullied for years. His parents are wounded in ways which prevent them from helping him deal with the situation, and he is unsurprisingly failed by The ...