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Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano) by [Shusterman, Neal]
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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 7–10—In this sequel to The Schwa Was Here (Dutton, 2004), Brooklynite Antsy Bonano, 14, finds another peculiar friend, a Swedish import named Gunnar Ümlaut. When a balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gets away, Antsy and his friends Howie and Ira head into Manhattan to follow the debacle. On the way, they run into their classmate Gunnar. Watching the catastrophe unfold, he confides to Antsy that he's been "coming to disasters" lately, and that he's dying of Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia. Gunnar says he has only six months to live, so Antsy gives him one of his own, drawing up a legal-looking document, and, before he knows it, the whole school's giving Gunnar months of their lives. Spending more time at Gunnar's house, Antsy falls for his friend's older sister, and also notices that things seem off. Gunnar's obsession with his presumed imminent death is largely ignored. When Antsy discovers that Gunnar is not going to die, that he was "diagnosed" by a fake online doctor, he wonders why the boy lied. As Antsy uncovers the truth—that Gunnar's dad has gambled away the family's money and they're headed back to Sweden—he learns more about the meaning of the time you have on Earth. This novel is as cleverly plotted and well paced as The Schwa; it is brimming with amusing secondary characters and situations that add depth and interest. Fans won't be disappointed, and newcomers won't have any problem jumping right in.—Jennifer Barnes, Homewood Library, IL
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*Starred Review* The wisecracking teenage Brooklynite introduced in Shusterman’s award-winning The Schwa Was Here (2004) takes a second ride on the emotional roller coaster in this equally screwball sequel. When classmate Gunnar Ümlaut announces that he is going to die in six months from a rare disease, Antsy Bonnano prints up a formal contract that signs over a month of his own life to his gloomy buddy. This impulsive gesture of comfort unexpectedly nets Antsy a series of dates with Gunnar’s hot older sister Kjersten—but also takes on a life of its own when everyone who finds out about the good deed wants to get into the act. Meanwhile, Antsy and his closest friend (and ex-girlfriend), blind Lexie, plot to kidnap Lexie’s irascible grandpa “Creepy” Crawley (again), and Antsy’s father works his way toward heart-attack country struggling to get the Bonnano family’s new restaurant on its feet. Featuring a terrific supporting cast led by Antsy’s wise, acerbic mother, an expert blend of comedy and near tragedy, and the wry observations of a narrator whose glib tongue and big heart are as apt to get him into trouble as out of it, this will keep tween readers hooked from start to finish. Grades 6-9. --John Peters

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GASV72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book, along with The Schwa was Here, are excellent choices for junior high boys. First thing to know, this book is not about jail. That is important as I am always looking for good literary role models for my son and students. Antsy is a street-smart, compassionate kid from Brooklyn. I love his voice and the quirky situations in which he finds himself. I've read both books aloud to rapt attention. They have produced many laughs and led to great discussions about author's craft (especially voice and character development), feeling invisible, death, people's motives, and human relationships.
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Antsy Bonano's intelligently humorous and yet thoughtful banter speaks what may be in the minds and hearts of many teens. His story is relatable and at the same time offers worthwhile topics for reflection. Part of the intelligence in the humour is that the jokes never seem to die, they bounce back at you from unexpected quarters, pages after the original event. This makes for very entertaining reading.
Antsy isn't perfect, but in the course of this book we see him learn from mistakes and gain a good deal of maturity. Here's a sample of some of his mistakes, and what he learns from them.

A well-intentioned gesture to donate a month of his life for his terminally ill friend turns into a time-machine circus with everyone, including the school principal, joining the game. Though it spirals a little out of control, it does get Antsy thinking about the value of time and the uselessness of wastes of time spent watching reruns on the couch or destroying simulated nations in computer games.

This leads Antsy to come up with the ingenious notion of "daymares", that time spent caught up imagining irritating arguments you never had but might have some day, or where you put yourself through worst-case scenarios. He is honest with himself when he realises his "daymare" about his friend's future funeral was all about himself and how much a girl he likes would respect him. Drawing attention to this self-centred form of daydreaming could be helpful for many teens.

On the topic of relationships, Antsy first notices the slightly older Kjersten for her appearance (including experiencing a `brain-scramble' when he looks at her t-shirt). True to his character, however, he gradually learns more about who she is and the two become good friends.
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I got to admit, the reason why I bought this in the first place was because it was a $1.99 special at the book fair. I am amazingly glad I got the book, though, because it is the most witty, funny book I've read in a long while. The characters are real, as well as the events. It's such a good book that it didn't even have to be a sequel-it was a great stand-alone read.
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My gosh, if I come across another amazing book by accident, I'm going to laugh, in this book I highlighted more than any other of my books. If I actually highlighted everything I wanted to, I would have highlighted the whole book. Now before I reveal the rest of the book, I'm going to end this here. Bye.
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What a fabulous story! Shusterman's "Antsy Does Time" is the sequel to his inventive & charming "The Schwa was Here." "Antsy Does Time" is about a Antsy Bonano, a Brooklyn teen living an ordinary--if funny--life with his family and friends. Antsy soon discovers that his new friend, Gunnar Umlaut, is suffering from "pulmonary monoxic systemia," and only has six months to live. To cheer Gunnar up, Antsy decides to donate a month of his life to Gunnar. His symbolic gesture of goodwill, however, ends up taking over Antsy's life. Soon, everyone in school is signing up to donate months or even years. When the school principal finds out, he decides to make it an official school-wide "fund" raiser (a "time" raiser, perhaps). Things are getting out of control! All the attention and generosity does make Gunnar happy, though, so Antsy decides to go with the flow.

In the mean time, Gunnar's gorgeous older sister Kjersten, spurred by the good Antsy is doing, decides to pay romantic attention to Antsy. A sophomore boy's dream come true! While befriending Gunnar and getting involved with Kjersten, though, Antsy learns more about their family than he wants to know. With their financial distress, a distant father, and avoidance of the truths in front of their faces, Gunnar's family makes Antsy realize how normal his family is.

While navigating the choppy waters of high school, teen romance, and seemingly-doomed friendships, Antsy has troubles of his own to face. The family restaurant is taking over his mother's & father's lives, and feels like it's ruining Antsy's own life. His good friend (and former girlfriend) Lexie, is being helpful, in an unhelpful sort of way, and Antsy discovers the truth about Gunnar's illness. The stress all comes to a head when Antsy's father has a heart attack.
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A Kid's Review on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Antsy Bonano is a pretty average teen, he has friends, he has a cell phone, and he's just enjoying hanging out with his friends, Howie and Ira. When he learns one of his classmates, Gunnar Umlaut has a fatal illness, he's worried and not sure what to do. Just a little idea to cheer Gunnar up, giving a month of his life to him, gets out of control, reigning havoc into Antsy' heaven.
At the same time, Gunnar's family is going through hard times. Mr. Umlaut lost his job, and recently has been throwing away money to the casino. And when Antsy finds out something worse than he could ever imagine, everything seems to get out of control.
When I read Antsy does time, it was witnessing all of the characters in action, Shusterman really made the character come to life. Friendship and change really brought this realistic fiction sequel to The Schwa Was Here a 4 star rating. I recommend this book to anyone 10 and up who likes humorous books and adventure on every page.
After reading the first chapter of Antsy Does Time, I couldn't put it down. Neal used rich dialogue, and made the characters jump off the page, making this book a page-turning must read.

-Kara Claire
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