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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
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Dec 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, mystery, young-adult
Read in June, 2012

After reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz, I wanted to read another A. S. King book. Everybody Sees the Ants did not disappoint.

Lucky Linderman has a squid for a mother and a turtle for a father. His father stays in his shell after losing his father during the Vietnam War. Lucky's grandpa was never found, and his grandma's efforts in the POW/MIA resulted in her head against the wall. Lucky's mother copes with her life and shattered husband by swimming laps repeatedly at the city pool where she brings Lucky along.

The summer after his freshman year in high school, Lucky is bullied again by his arch nemesis, Nader McMillan, who scrapes Lucky's face against the concrete at the city pool where Nader is a lifeguard. Left with a scab the shape of Ohio on his cheek, Lucky and his mother fly across the country from Pennsylvania to Arizona to recuperate with his aunt and uncle.

Through his Arizona experiences, Lucky learns more about himself and his world. And he continues to experience the dreams that have haunted him since he was a child: he tries to rescue his grandfather from Vietnam. And sometimes when he wakes, an object from the dream, magically appears in his hand.

Blending realism with fantasy, this expertly-paced novel will pull readers in and not let them go until the final page.
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