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Ship Out of Luck (Antsy Bonano #3)

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The uproarius companion to "The Schwa was Here" and "Antsy Does Time"

In honor of Old Man Crawley’s eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world’s largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can’t manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly finds himself the accomplice of stowaway
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Dutton Juvenile
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Ship Out of Luck was a outstanding book. The author,Neal Shusterman, made a great plot, with many twist and turns. The detail was really vivid. The characters he created fit the story really well. The author wrote the novel as if he was talking to you instead of writing it to you. This made the story more interesting to read.
In the beginning of the story it seemed a little confusing and I didn't know if I was going to like it. I kept reading but at a slow pace and the story slowly unwound. The
This was a wonderful book. My young adult daughter was housebound after an operation and so I read this book aloud to her. I kept chuckling over some of the things Antsy was thinking and saying. It is a perfect read-aloud book that 6th grade students will enjoy as well as adults.

The interesting thing about it is that you can't think of it as a silly kid's book. It has quite a bit of educational value. There are lessons hidden in the book where Antsy explains the meaning of certain words or gems
Lonna Pierce
You know those reviews that call a book hilarious and it isn't? Well this latest book in the Antsy Bonano stories (narrator of The Schwa Was Here& Antsy Does Time)IS absolutely hilarious and wonderfully well-written! This time around Antsy manages to cause an international incident with his family on a cruise ship. The title is foreshadowing at its best. Super characters, wacky plot, and Shusterman's gift for presenting another point of view for us to consider, as skewed and yet wise as that ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of [author:Jordan Sonnenblick|183005]
Gosh, I love Antsy. Hey SHusterman, don't mind me, but a humble reader, but drop the unwind thing and just give us more Antsy.
He is HILARIOUS, believable, sarcastic, funny, relatable, and a very believable teenage kid who gets himself into the kind of trouble that makes him think about his life differently (which is fun to read about) and is fun and important and refreshingly un-issue driven and cooky as heck. Crawley is my sass idol, all my cynicism and grumpiness aspires to be in my old age.
Shusterman goes all out with his third Antsy novel, sending the Bonano family to sea as first class guests of old Mr. Crawley. Antsy, with his usual creativity, figures out a way to bring his friend Howie along, illegally; and it turns out that what he thought he must have imagined (a body falling off the side of the ship) was real. When he meets a beautiful stowaway named Tilde who threatens him with Howie's secret unless he helps her, Antsy can't say no. Soon he is up to his ears in intrigue. ...more
"It's like we have to put people into boxes, because our brains aren't big enough to make every person a person. So we put them all into boxes and then we get to decide whose box we're going to open. We gotta be careful, though, because if we open everybody's box, we'll go crazy. So yeah, you'll be the blind girl and I'll be the obnoxious Italian guy to like ninety-nine percent of the people we meet. But to the one percent that opens our boxes, they get to hit the jackpot."
"I learned early on th
Carol Royce Owen
Back in the 2005-2006 school year, one of the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award candidates was a book by Neal Shusterman called The Schwa Was Here. It was my introduction to Neal Shusterman and a boy named Antsy who was gutsy, a good friend, and not afraid to call a spade a spade. He returned a few years ago in a second book, Antsy Does Time, when he once again showed his ability to get himself into the proverbial pickle, and come out smelling like a rose.

Well, Antsy is back once more,
Liz Overberg
I reviewed this book for School Library Journal.

Wisecracking Anthony “Antsy” Bonano is back in this lively companion novel to The Schwa Was Here (Dutton, 2004) and Antsy Does Time (Dutton, 2008). The Bonanos have been invited to join curmudgeonly Old Man Crawley and his granddaughter, Lexie, for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong Caribbean Cruise aboard the Plethora of the Deep, the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Antsy soon finds that his vacation is destined to be anything but relaxing, h
Paula  from Reading Lark
review will appear 7/17/13 on

For Antsy Bonano, the third book's a charm.

I had read the original Antsy book, The Schwa Was Here, and thought it was a fun little humorous novel, perfect for adolescent boys. In preparation for reading Ship Out of Luck, I also read book 2, Antsy Does Time- which was more of the same fun, with a theme that was a bit more serious. With book 3, I got the fun from book 1, with moments of mature discussion of social issues. There are spots that I
Ms. Yingling
To celebrate his 80th birthday, Crawley invites the Bonanos to go on a cruise on the Plethora of the Deep, an enormous, luxurious cruise ship. His granddaughter, Lexie, is also going, and they will meet up with her parents. The Bonanos don't want to go at first, but then decide that the relaxation will be good for Antsy's father, who is still recovering from his heart attack. Antsy decides to bring Howie, since his brother Frankie can't go, and forges his birth certificate. Once on the ship, Lex ...more
Amanda Northrup
Anthony "Antsy" Bonano and his family have been invited on a birthday cruise for their wealthy, cranky, old-man neighbor, Mr. Crawley. But when Antsy meets a mysterious stowaway on his first day, his relaxing vacation turns into one terrible idea after another.

I was a bit hesitant to start reading Ship Out of Luck since it's the third book in a series, of which I have read neither books 1 or 2. So let me start by relieving you of that concern - this book is totally grand on its own and requires
You guys! I had no idea what I was getting into when I agreed to review this book for the publisher. All the feels!
The main character, a teen male, named Antsy (his short for Anthony) had absolutely no filter. He said things just the way he saw them. He was also quite sarcastic and would drop lines always at the wrong moment. But I grew to like him because he had a huge heart. According to his mother she raised him well by putting the "catholic guilt" in him.

Here a few of my favorite lines:
"In m
In honor of Old Man Crawley's 80th birthday, Antsy's family is invited to go cruising with him and Lexie on the world's biggest cruise ship: "The Plethora of the Deep" of the Caribbean Viking line. It's not long till a life of leisure gives way to a life of crime as Antsy meets Tilde, a stowaway with a really big secret, and decides to help her. It's Antsy and Tilde, Lexie and Gustav, and old man Crawley vs. all of them in the latest update to the Antsy Bonano series.

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Having not read any of the previous books, I wasn't sure what quite to expect with Ship Out of Luck. I decided to plunge into the book and think of it as a standalone, which worked well. Antsy struck me as a great character right off the bat. He obviously had a lot of history with getting in trouble and it was easy to see how things could get out of hand on a 7 day cruise for Old Man Crawley's 80th birthday.

I loved the variety of characters. Lexie is a blind, rich girl – the granddaughter of Cr
Beehive Nominee. This book is definitely different from the other nominees. It is written from a sarcastic, flippant teenager point of view. He is a comical character. I was concerned at first that it was #3 in this series of novels about this character, but it could be read as a stand alone. It read well and I could see teenager's liking it.
This book completely lives up to the precedent set by the first two. The plot is improbable and slightly ridiculous, but still, somehow, believable. The characters are well-developed and endearingly quirky. The story is often hilarious, sometimes serious, and a fun ride at all times.
Melissa Mcavoy
To celebrate his own 80th birthday rich old man Crawley has invited sixteen year-old Antsy and his Brooklynite family on a Caribbean Cruise aboard the vast Plethora of the Deep. Outrageous events, law breaking and wisecracks proliferate faster than cocktails on the Lido deck. Shusterman has followed his two previous award winning Antsy Bono books: Schwa was Here (Penguin, 2004/VOYA October 2004), and Antsy Does Time (Dutton/Penguin, 2008/VOYA October 2008) with another madcap adventure full of i ...more
Rebecca Jones
Funny, good characters however I didn't find the plot all that interesting. I took me several weeks to finish and I probably wouldn't have finished if I had not made a goal to read all the beehive book nominees.
The only reason you need to read this book: Antsy.

I adore Antsy. I was giggling through this whole book, in spite of the exaggerated situations and over-the-top scenarios.

Antsy and his family are going on an all-expenses paid cruise with Old Man Crawley and Lexie to celebrate his 80th birthday.

On board, Antsy meets a stow-a-way, Tilde who has some big (more than slightly illegal plans). Antsy knows he should run the other way, but that's never been his style.

Such a fun read. I enjoy Antsy's p
Lynn Johnson
Honestly, bought this for Shawn then was hooked on the first page. I had read the other two and just didn't get the attraction but this one was really good!
I really liked this book, it was funny and the plot entertaining. I was laughing out loud at the things antsy was thinking and saying. Very funny.
So, I liked this book because it was hilarious. Antsy is a character full of all the teenaged angst you felt but now you get to read it and relive it with the maturity of an adult. I liked that. What I didn't like were his "ideas" about current hot button issues like homosexuality. His views were less than stellar. Logan started reading this book and was laughing outloud and then I had to mark off pages he couldn't read. I very rarely ever do that, ever.
Людовика Фьюртенде
I have just begun to read this book and it's fascinated me from fist page. I thought it wasn't possible to be even more brilliant than Schwa was, but Neal Shusterman has exceeded himself.

The book is as good as the two previous or maybe even better. I like the little political twist at unpolitical Antsy. I love the characters, I love the plot, I love the author, I love everything about these books. It's a masterpiece not only for children, but for adults as well. And Mr Shusterman's writing is a
I so enjoyed reading this book. Neal Shusterman has some serious range as a writer and I have never read one of his books that I _haven't_ liked (Bruiser, Unwind, Full Tilt). This is the 3rd book in the "Antsy Bonano" series (probably more recognizable by the title of the first book "The Schwa Was Here") but it would be okay to read this even if you haven't read the other books first. Great writing, clever dialogue, and this one had me laughing out loud throughout the whole thing.

Starting a new
I liked it a lot, there were a few tears even.
This is the latest in the adventures of Antsy, the character from the Schwa book. It was an outlandish adventure, but a little bit believable too. Ship Out of Luck dealt with some pretty heavy topics for a younger YF book, such as illegal immigration and homosexuality, but in a great, non threatening, non judging way. It didn't force you to agree or disagree with the actions he/and other characters chose, it just let it be the story. I really liked that aspect of the book. Most of all, it was ju ...more
Heather L.
The last chapter was particularly disappointing.
Peach Award (4 stars)
Warning: do not read this book somewhere you are not comfortable laughing out loud. Because you will need to!
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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Antsy Bonano (3 books)
  • The Schwa Was Here (Antsy Bonano, #1)
  • Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano, #2)
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