From Ant to Eagle (Paperback)

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From Ant to Eagle (Paperback)


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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 makes things at home start spinning out of control and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey...
"Tender, direct, and honest."Kirkus Reviews

"An honest portrayal of love, loss, and friendship." School Library Journal

"A moving and ultimately hopeful book."Booklist

"This book is heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, and awe-inspiring.... highly recommend this book to fans of the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio, but i think that any reader will enjoy this excellent debut novel from Alex Lyttle." —JacobtheBookworm, Goodreads

"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." —Candace, Goodreads

Check out Alex Lyttle's other book:
The Rise of Winter
The Critics Agree: From Ant to Eagle, like The Bridge to Terabithia and Out of My Mind, shouldn't be missed. Read this award-winning book today!

Winner, Red Cedar Award 2019
Winner, Silver Birch Fiction Award 2018
Winner, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2019
Finalist, Alberta Writers Guild 2019
Finalist, Foreword Indies Book of the Year 2017
Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and four children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, a multi-award winning story which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. Readers have described it as "relatable, pragmatic, touching, moving," and perhaps most importantly,"a reminder that adults are not always the wisest people in the room." Many readers point to one quote that lingers in their hearts in particular: "The only thing worse than dying is living without hope."

The Rise of Winter, Alex's second novel, steps away from the medical world and enters that of fantasy – a world created during bedtime stories for his eldest daughter that readers compared to Red Queen, The Dark Crowns, and Cinder. Fans call Alex's writing "entertaining", "moving" and "dynamic". When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients. Watch for Alex's newest novel The Pain Book, set to launch in the Spring of 2022.

You can follow Alex at his website: or in social media: on Twitter: @alex_lyttle or on facebook @AlexLyttleAuthor.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771681117
ISBN-10: 177168111X
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English
"A poignant story about love, loss, family and friendships that will tug at your heartstrings long after you close the book." —Darlene Foster, author, Amanda Travels series

"This is a book about fear, joy, frustration, acceptance, forgiveness, anger and, above all, love. This is a story of emotional truth that is sure to captivate readers of all ages." —Ashley Spires, best-selling author and illustrator, The Most Magnificent Thing

"Avoiding sentimentality or easy answers, From Ant to Eagle explores the complex emotions of a family on the verge of “the cancer crumble” with stark honesty and warm compassion." —Beth Cooley, author, Ostrich Eye and Shelter

"From Ant to Eagle is a wonderful conflation of heart, intelligence, and seriously skillful storytelling." —Andrew Norriss, author, Friends for Life and Jessica's Ghost

"From Ant to Eagle is absolutely terrific. I was very moved and many elements of the story—the cancer crumble, beliefs about life and death, the nature of palliative care, the role of nurses, physicians, and the patients themselves in the oncology wheel—were not only riveting but informative.” —Paulette Bourgeois, author

"From Ant to Eagle is a masterpiece. August (Wonder) and Melody (Out of My Mind) will now be in good company with Cal.” —Connie Halpern, Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, California

"Lyttle's voice for Cal is appealingly direct and articulate . . . and his account of his struggle to cope will appeal to readers. Tender, direct, and honest." —Vicki Smith, Kirkus Reviews

"Lyttle’s debut is an uncommonly honest examination of mortality and the ways in which growing up complicates sibling relationships . . . . Lyttle delicately tackles the subjects of grief and death, trusting middle-grade readers with a sophisticated story that includes notes of humor. A moving and ultimately hopeful book." —Booklist

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