Antsy Does Time

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It was a dumb idea, but one of those dumb ideas that accidentally turns out to be brilliant–which, I’ve come to realize, is much worse than being dumb. My name’s Antsy Bonano–but you probably already know that–and unless you got, like, memory issues, you’ll remember the kid named the Schwa, who I told you about last time. Well, now there’s this other kid, and his story is a whole lot stranger. It all started when Gunnar Ümlaut and I were watching three airborne bozos struggle with a runaway parade balloon. That’s...

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Overview

It was a dumb idea, but one of those dumb ideas that accidentally turns out to be brilliant–which, I’ve come to realize, is much worse than being dumb. My name’s Antsy Bonano–but you probably already know that–and unless you got, like, memory issues, you’ll remember the kid named the Schwa, who I told you about last time. Well, now there’s this other kid, and his story is a whole lot stranger. It all started when Gunnar Ümlaut and I were watching three airborne bozos struggle with a runaway parade balloon. That’s when Gunnar tells me he’s only got six months to live. Maybe it was because he said he was living on borrowed time, or maybe it was just because I wanted to do something meaningful for him, but I gave him a month of my life . . .

. . . And that’s when things began to get seriously weird.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Anthony's nickname of Antsy suits him well: he's impulsive, talkative, and full of ideas and schemes. First encountered in The Schwa Was Here (winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction), here Antsy faces a new challenge: his high school classmate Gunnar Umlaut announces he suffers from Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia and has just six months to live, and Antsy wants to do something for him. He offers to give Gunnar a month of his life, and the touching gesture takes off. Soon all his classmates, and even the principal and teachers, are filling out forms Antsy has created to donate months from their lives, too. Then Antsy, who has started dating Gunnar's stunning sister, realizes that Gunnar isn't actually dying, and that there's something sadly amiss with Gunnar's family. It takes a near-tragedy in Antsy's own family, when his stressed-out restaurant-owner father needs emergency bypass surgery, to bring events to a head. Luckily, Antsy's dumping ice water over the head of a rude but famous patron at the restaurant has unexpected happy consequences. This lively, funny tale about trading time can stand on its own for those who haven't read the earlier book. Antsy is a wonderful narrator, and the story is full of comic asides; characters like cool Skaterdud and always-moaning Aunt Mona, along with cranky millionaire Mr. Crawley and his granddaughter Lexie, add flavor. The insights about friendship and family give this entertaining comic novel some weight, too. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
Good news: Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (Dutton, 2004/VOYA October 2004) is back. The difficult-to-see Schwa is replaced this time with an _mlaut-high school freshman Gunnar _mlaut, who announces on Thanksgiving Day that he has only six months to live. In an effort to bolster Gunnar's spirits, Antsy impulsively writes his classmate a contract giving Gunnar a month of his own life. Gunnar is pleased, but, even better, his older sister (a Swedish goddess) Kjersten gives Antsy a kiss that is caught on film by the school's photographer. As the buying-time movement swings up and out of control, Antsy begins to see that Gunnar's dysfunctional family is part of the problem-or perhaps the cause of the problem. Antsy tries to figure out what to do while his own family struggles with their new Italian-French restaurant that the ever-grumpy and very rich Mr. Crawley owns. But with tenacity and the help of Lexie and Crawley, Antsy and his family land on their feet while Gunnar finds a new lease on life. Shusterman creates a delightful Everyguy in Antsy. He is hilarious, awkward, and frustrated but always genuine. With the loveable cast of characters behind him, including Ansty's unforgettable family and his friends Ira, Howie, Skaterdud (the e appropriately fell off), and Lexie, this book is wonderfully readable and laugh-out-loud funny. At the same time, it examines some serious questions about life, love, family, and how valuable time with family can be. Junior high students looking for a fun, thoughtful story need look no further. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby
School Library Journal

Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (2004) continues his trend of befriending boys named after vowel sounds and diacritics, when he strikes up a strange relationship with classmate Gunnar Umlaut. When Gunnar casually reveals that he's dying of Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia, Antsy just as casually offers Gunnar a month of his own life. But the friendly offhand gesture prompts other students to follow suit, in a trend which soon spirals out of control, leading to school-district-sponsored rallies and door-to-door time collection. Meanwhile, Antsy struggles with his attraction to Gunnar's gorgeous older sister, Kjersten. Though Antsy's feel-good realizations ought to feel saccharine, they fit perfectly into this tragicomic romp which runs from a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade raccoon-balloon disaster to a chorus of the Swedish national anthem and Abba's "Dancing Queen" sung-simultaneously-in a sketchy Catskills casino. Silliness balances out the maudlin, keeping Antsy's story from either bathos or antic excess. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739372395
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Shusterman
Neal Shüsterman’s novels have been honored with awards from the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, and readers in many states. His novels span many genres, from humor to suspense thrillers to science fiction. Antsy Does Time is a companion to The Schwa Was Here, which was the 2005 winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction. Look for The Schwa Was Here on audio from Listening Library. Visit the author on his website, at www.storyman.com.
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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    awesome

    this book is a great book.Antsy does time is weird.I think that's why it caught my eye.It was also very interesting.

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