Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman

Lynn: Antsy Bonano is back in another wonderfully wacky adventure. When a friend confides that he has only six months to live, Antsy impulsively offers Gunnar a month of his life. Antsy creates a contract and, like so many things in Antsy's life, the whole thing takes on a life of its own. Subplots and complications pop up like dandelions while a terrific cast of secondary characters almost steal the show. Antsy's wise-cracking voice provides plenty of laugh-out-loud moments but keep a tissue handy. Shusterman skillfully gives us a touchingly real boy whose genuine, if fraught with disaster, attempts to help will touch your heart.