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From Ant to Eagle

From Ant to Eagle

Book - 2017
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"My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession ... I killed my brother. It's the summer before grade 6 and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He's recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It's hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother Sammy who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. So Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from chasing wasps to tromping through rose bushes. And Sammy is all too eager-- as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brothe''s Eagle status. But when Cal meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not guilty enough to change. At least not until things at home start falling apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey ... From Ant, To Eagle."--
Publisher: [Delta, British Columbia], Canada :, Central Avenue Publishing,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781771681117
Branch Call Number: J FIC LYTT
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 19 cm


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Oct 26, 2020

This book is one of my all-time favourites, and the story always hits me hard. I decided to reread this book as it has so much emotion and such deep relationships. This book stars a boy named Calvin who is stuck spending the summer with his six-year-old brother Sammy. As a result, he gets Sammy to do all of his chores and Cal tells him to do many dangerous tasks for a chance to level up from 'ant' to 'eagle.' Then a new girl named Aleta comes, and Cal spends his summer with her, ignoring his brother, who seems to be getting sick, and sick. Then when Sammy is diagnosed with cancer, Cal's world flips around as his family starts to crumble. He knows the chances are low that Sammy will survive, and he feels terrible for ignoring his gullible brother all summer. This book is honestly such a tear-jerker! Cal is such a realistic character, who despite teasing Sammy, cares for him more than the world. I loved the portrayal of brothership in this book and how cancer changes so many families. The ending always makes me cry.

Jun 12, 2019

Some books are "just books", but this one was so much more than just ink and paper. The story was so full of emotion that it was like I was there. The main character was so convincing that in the end it felt like my brother had died (and I don't even have one). I'd give anything to write like this. Beautiful.

VaughanPLMichael Nov 04, 2018

I hate to say it, but it feels like the author read 'The Fault in our Stars' and said: I can do sadder.

This book was a great read. It was quick and very sweet. I liked how the author didn't sugar coat anything, nor did he pull any punches. This happens, and people deal with it; even when they're not old enough to fully understand or process it.

Each of the characters were well rounded and felt real. I felt myself connect to each one for different reasons.

A highly recommended read.

Jan 31, 2018

This is the best written book I've ever read.


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