Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Ironically, Lucky has a fairly tough life. His father spends most of his time at the restaurant where he is a chef, avoiding the family. Lucky's mother is obsessed with swimming. Lucky's grandfather is missing in action from the Vietnam War. Lucky has vivid dreams of visiting with his grandfather in Vietnam but is he actually talking to his missing grandfather or is he suffering from some sort of mental problem? Lucky's waking life at school is difficult as well. He has been bullied since age seven by Nader. When Lucky tries to help out one of Nader's other victims, Nader does something that results in Lucky's face being disfigured. Lucky's mother decides to take him to Arizona to stay with family for a few weeks and Lucky's life begins to change. This is a powerful book about bullying and finding a way to deal with it. It also contains some realistic, flawed characters and shows how easy it is to misjudge someone based on what you think you know about them.

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