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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
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Oct 12, 11


This well written young adult novel Everybody Sees the Ants, captures the essence of bullying. The author states that the book originated from "an idea that we are all prisoners" and that bullying is a widely ignored form of torture. She weaves the coping of Lucky Linderman with dream sequences of his grandfather's experiences in Vietnam. His grandfather did not come home from the Vietnam War and the family has never recovered from his MIA status. King has such a wonderful eye for exposing the core of dysfunctional families with sensitivity and insight. King's writing is outstanding and her characterization shines. What I love about her writing is that while she deals with tough issues she has the capacity to add moments of warmth and humor with a very deft touch. I think King is probably one of the best if not the best contemporary realistic writer in Young Adult Literature.
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