Publication date: April 1, 2017
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. So 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 makes things at home start falling apart and he’s left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey…
From Ant To Eagle.
I devoured this book in just a few hours. I loved Cal and Sammy and their very common brotherly relationship. As the older brother, Cal is having a hard time doing things without his little brother tagging along and when a pretty new girl moves into the neighborhood, he ditches his little brother to hang out with her.
Seemingly out of no where, Sammy becomes very ill and is hospitalized. The diagnosis: CANCER. This is the story of the guilt of the “healthy” family members and a young brothers grief and heartache dealing with his little brothers prognosis.
Yes, I cried. Yes, I smiled and laughed. Most of all, I felt. This is touching, moving, beautiful story and I can’t recommend it enough. Even though its target audience is upper middle grade, everyone should read this. Did you watch that television show Red Band Society? My teenager daughter and I loved that show and this book had that seem feel but from the perspective of the non-ill sibling. Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything was released in September of 2015 and the hype that followed was out of control. The hype for this book needs to surpass that.
Even before it publication date the publisher has told me that “Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal have all given it glowing reviews. We got huge orders from Barnes & Noble and Indigo (in Canada) for national in-store listings and we’ve sent out a thousand copies to librarians and booksellers across the country. Indie booksellers have been really supportive, saying it belongs alongside Wonder and Out of My Mind.” I AGREE!
Get this book NOW! I will have a copy of this book forever!
I give it 5 crowns but wish I could give it more!
Side note: It’s the debut novel by Alex Lyttle, a Canadian doctor who wrote the novel as a cathartic experience after working in pediatric oncology. The medical aspects of this book are accurate. The feelings are realistic. I can’t say enough about it!