Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

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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.
 

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A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Everybody Sees the Ants, an Andre Norton Award finalist and a 2012 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults book. She is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz and 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 rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children. Her website is www.as-king.com.
 
Published October 3, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The titular Greek chorus of ants, a shape-shifting facial scab, the items that accompany Lucky home from his dreams: None of them quite mesh with the story, instead forcing readers to question Lucky’s sanity when they should be completely on his side.

Sep 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Examiner

However, as he delves further into the meaning behind his dreams and what the ants are saying, the reader can only question the sanity of Lucky Linderman and wonder where these dreams are going to take him.

Mar 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Huffington Post

While maintaining local libraries as a place for positive interactions, librarians can act as cyber-arms to help protect our kids against cyberbullying.

Jan 29 2014 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

City Book Review

A book with a quirky title, Everybody Sees the Ants lives up to its title and even more through Lucky Linderman and his dreams.

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Common Sense Media

Swear words are employed mostly in scenes charged with emotion, as when Lucky is bullied or during his dreams about the Vietnam War, but they are sometimes used casually.

Oct 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Red Room

King is the author of the highly acclaimed ASK THE PASSENGERS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, a 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults, and the Edgar Award nominated, 2011 Michael L.

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Red Room

King is the author of the highly acclaimed ASK THE PASSENGERS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, a 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults, and the Edgar Award nominated, 2011 Michael L.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Red Room

★ Fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman doesn’t feel lucky.

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

Red Room

King is the author of the highly acclaimed ASK THE PASSENGERS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, a 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults, and the Edgar Award nominated, 2011 Michael L.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Everybody Sees the Ants

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When Nader grinds Lucky's face into the concrete at the local pool, Lucky's mother has had...

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WAPL Teens

With help from a beautiful Ninja girl and her friends, and of course his grandfather in dreams Lucky starts to put the pieces of his life together.

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