Everybody Sees the Ants

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Powerful, challenging tale of outsider fighting back.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Must note gang rape scene and ideas of suicide

Book goes over varying ways to commit suicide, while also including a detailed gang rape by bullies. Unsure how this isn't highlighted in the review.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 12+

Excellent, Thought Provoking, and Enjoyable

As a mom reading this, I had to keep reminding myself that the uncomfortable and challenging issues here aren't atypical. As a reader, though, I loved this book, as did my son. To call Lucky, the narrator, just a "bullied boy" misses how wonderful funny, smart, and observant he is. There is a good dose of dark humor in this book and some wonderful magic realism as Lucky repeatedly dreams of visiting his missing grandfather in Vietnam and wakes up with actual momentos from his visits. Disturbing at parts, but ultimately, an engaging book with a subtly, wonderful transformation at the end. So glad I read this and kudos to A.S. King for such a creative work.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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