Review! From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle

From Ant to Eagle
By Alex Lyttle
256 pages – ages 9+
Will be Published by Central Avenue Publishing on April 1st, 2017

Synopsis- Calvin Sinclair has a little brother, and they do everything together. Or really, Sammy does everything Cal tells him to. They still hang out together, but it isn’t until Calvin becomes enthralled with a new girl in town that they start spending less time together. If he had realized that Sammy had cancer growing inside of him, then he would’ve acted differently. He would’ve spent quality time with Sammy. But now all Cal can do is hop on the roller coaster with him and hope for the best.

What I Thought- This book was outstanding. When I first heard about it, I was interested enough to try it, but not quite sure if I would enjoy it. I am glad to say that I loved this book! Lyttle, being a pediatrician who worked in an oncology unit, knows the details about the ravages of cancer and the toll it takes on families. Lyttle also knows how to write a poignant, thought-provoking story that has beautifully-crafted lighthearted moments. Because of the subject matter, the story does have a darker feel to it, but Lyttle does a great job with keeping a sense of redemption and hope going. I do not normally like or even read books about topics like cancer/death, but this one is such a wonderfully crafted story about siblings I loved this story. Sammy and Cal have the most realistic brother relationship I’ve read in a book in a while. Everything about it rings so true.  Cal says it, that he loved his brother, didn’t wish any harm to him, but he sure could be a pain in the rear at times. Okay – most of the time. Close to the end of the book, there are a few cuss words (s*** and d***) in an acceptable scenario, but just know that they’re there. This is a fabulous debut from Lyttle, and I really hope to read more from him. This is a definite must read.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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6 replies

  1. Good job, E. In a real-life, grown-up scenario, Mom says, “I wish I knew…” about her own sister. She “hopped on the roller coaster” with her when she was diagnosed, but that story didn’t have a happy ending. I have a feeling this book doesn’t either…. *gulp*

    Love and sad licks,

  2. I loved this book. I agree with you, I don’t usually like to read books about sad situations but this one was so well written. A great review.

  3. Hi Erik, Thanks for such a wonderfully written review. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I just want to mention that we did edit out the swear words for the final book since we felt this was more appropriate. Cheers…

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