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Everybody Sees the Ants (Hardcover)
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Bullying, isolation, and family issues provide a thought-provoking framework in this searing young adult novel. Lucky Linderman finds life really challenging, and not just because he communicates with his dead POW grandfather in dreams and he has a group of ants that follow him around talking to him. Relentlessly tormented by the horrible Nadar McMillan while Lucky's mother swims her days away and his father avoids home, he has to cope on his own. However, the combination of escalating bullying and an ill-conceived homework assignment involving a survey question about suicide gets Lucky sent to Arizona to stay with family for a while. There, making some oddball friends, he begins to unravel the meaning of his dreams and make important choices about living his life fully.