Saturday, November 12, 2011

Everybody Sees the Ants


Yesterday (Veteren's Day), I finished reading A.S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants. It was a fitting read for the holiday. The hero is Lucky, a 15-year-old who was named after his grandfather, a soldier who went missing, along with thousands of others, during the Vietnam war and has never been found. Lucky doesn't want anyone to think he's crazy, so he's never shared the fact that he conducts nightly rescue missions to help his grandfather escape from the jungle. He's had these dreams since he was seven years old, and since he was seven years old he has woken up gripping artifacts from the dreams, things that shouldn't exist in Pennsylvania, like giant Vietnamese mosquitoes. Now, he enjoys the dreams more than real life, because in real life, a bully is turning his life into a living hell, his parents are barely getting along, and he's closely watched at school because everyone thinks he's suicidal. He has spent his life trying to repair the past by rescuing his grandfather, and now he's having trouble enjoying the present or even imagining a future. Nothing that lap-swimming, the Grand Canyon, yogurt marinated chicken and a shampoo commercial ninja can't fix, right? Read Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Who is this Masked Man?

Nacho Libre visited the Puett Room for the Teen Haunted Mini Game Fest last Saturday. Who is the man behind the mask? Any guesses? (Hint: It's not Jack Black.)  Comment below.



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