From Ant To Eagle by Alex LyttleFrom Ant To Eagle by Alex Lyttle

From Ant To Eagle

byAlex Lyttle

Paperback | April 1, 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 six 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. Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin's chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status.
 
When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis causes things at home to fall apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey… 
 
From Ant to Eagle.
Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new ma...
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Title:From Ant To EagleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Central Avenue PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:177168111X

ISBN - 13:9781771681117

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended for Any Age! This book is extremely well written and pulls you right in alongside two young brothers and their summertime adventures. After finishing the book I found myself waking up and wondering what adventure Cal would get up to next, only to realize the book was done. The topic of the book: cancer. It is hard to write about illness and not have there be tears; no worries, there are tears from this book but there are also many smiles and laughs! As an individual living with a genetic, fatal disease the medical side of things has been depicted with sick expertise and yet dumbed down to layman terms without making the reader feel silly or stupid. I could only think that my younger sisters would completely relate to this perspective of having illness in the family and enjoyed reading every page. There are many applicable life lessons to take away from this book, each character offers different understandings and viewpoints of life that anyone can benefit from understanding. Would recommend to anyone I know - especially friends in the medical community because despite the sadness, there is a magnificent ending that leaves you thinking that everything is still wonderful in the world.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and Coming Bestseller! From Ant to Eagle is a Middle Grade novel that packs a lot of feels into 243 pages. At its core is the story of 2 brothers, on a wider angle it explores childhood cancer and how it effects everyone involved. Cal is 11 and Alex Lyttle does a phenomenal job at capturing the 11 yr old voice and the kind of self-centered place that most kids are in at that age while still retaining the brotherly bond. Sammy is only 6, he thinks Cal is a hero and will do anything for him including taking the blame, attempting to capture 100 ants in a jar and spending all summer working hard to make 100 shots into the basketball hoop. When the devastating news of Sammy's leukemia rocks the family we see how their Mom and Dad handle things differently. Cal deals with guilt over spending the summer with a new friend and not his brother. Aleta has an air of mystery around her as we don't find out why she is so sad for quite some time. Her character shows a deep sadness, grief and self-imposed guilt that children who have lost a loved one will be able to relate to. All in all from Ant to Eagle has a really good mix of characters that easily pulls this out of the middle grade genre and lends itself to a broader audience. I recommend this be added to the school libraries, to read with your child, to read on your own and to be discussed in Book Clubs (kid and adult). This would be an exceptionally poignant novel to read if a child has lost a sibling and for those kids who currently have someone in their life undergoing treatment. Death and the afterlife was also explored in a beautiful, kid friendly way. Early on you will see why the book was titled From Ant to Eagle and the cover will make absolute sense. By the way, there is a drawn ant on the back cover that looked a little too real when seen out of the corner of your eye...freaked me out more than once LOL! Side note on Alex - He is a pediatrician who has worked in an oncology ward in a children's hospital, this lends an incredible amount of realism to the book. Medical explanations are given on a kid level and there are suggestions on how to behave around someone so seriously ill (don't behave any differently than you normally would and distraction goes a long way).
Date published: 2017-04-06

Editorial Reviews

"An honest portrayal of love, loss, and friendship in the face of a life-changing journey." —Sarah Polace, School Library Journal