Ship Out of Luck

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A hilarious new companion novel to The Schwa Was Here

It's Old Man Crawley's eightieth birthday, and nothing says celebration like a weeklong vacation on the biggest cruise ship in the world. But with the Bonano family along for the ride, it's anything but smooth sailing; where Antsy goes, trouble follows.

Enter Tilde: a stowaway and thief whose self-made mission has led her directly to the ship, and to Antsy, in particular. Antsy suddenly ...

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Overview

A hilarious new companion novel to The Schwa Was Here

It's Old Man Crawley's eightieth birthday, and nothing says celebration like a weeklong vacation on the biggest cruise ship in the world. But with the Bonano family along for the ride, it's anything but smooth sailing; where Antsy goes, trouble follows.

Enter Tilde: a stowaway and thief whose self-made mission has led her directly to the ship, and to Antsy, in particular. Antsy suddenly finds himself in over his head--an accomplice to illegal activity, staring down the law, and facing sudden debarkation. What's a Brooklyn boy to do? Can he stay afloat in this hot water, or is Antsy in too deep?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Christina Miller
In Neal Shusterman's (books and awards too numerous to list) third Antsy Bonano novel, Brooklynites Antsy, his friend Howie, his parents, and his sister Christina join ornery, crotchety, filthy rich "Old Man Crawley," his granddaughter Lexie (Antsy's ex) and her guide dog Moxie on a Caribbean cruise aboard Plethora of the Deep. As luxurious as it is (lobster feasts, Jacuzzis, pools, even a zip line and roller coaster), these are mere "distractions" for Ansty who wreaks havoc with the beautiful but mysterious Tilde. A tilde is the mark used to indicate a nasalized vowel sound. Shusterman also named characters in the first and second Antsy novels, Schwa Was Here (Penguin, 2004/Voya October 2004), and Antsy Does Time (Dutton/Penguin, 2008/Voya October 2008), after vowel sounds—Schwa and Umlaut, respectively. Antsy's predictable mischief goes beyond pouring water over a senator's head and ruining an entire city block of gardens; there is no "smooth sailing" (literally and figuratively) on the Plethora, and Antsy is in over his head. Though sometimes a bit far-fetched, Ship Out Of Luck is suspenseful and humorous and, like the book's stand-alone predecessors, is chock full of idioms, metaphors and analogies; high-level vocabulary (with content clues and contextual definitions); pearls of wisdom; and nuggets of historical, popular, and cultural references—in short, a goldmine for any classroom. Reviewer: Christina Miller
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Wisecracking Anthony Bonano is back in this lively companion to The Schwa Was Here (2004) and Antsy Does Time (2008, both Dutton). The Bonanos have been invited to join curmudgeonly Old Man Crawley and his granddaughter, Lexie, for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong Caribbean Cruise aboard the Plethora of the Deep, the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Antsy soon finds that his vacation is destined to be anything but relaxing, however, as he befriends a stowaway and thief, Tilde, who has been breaking into guests' cabins and stealing five dollars from each passenger's wallet. In typical fashion, Antsy follows his big heart (not to mention his big mouth) straight into an ocean of trouble. Before he knows it, he becomes involved in Tilde's scheme to smuggle illegal Mexican immigrants into the U.S. and winds up at the center of an international incident. Antsy's family and friends are all suffering their own personal crises. Once again, the teen must rely on his quick wit-and his Brooklyn attitude-to save the day. While not quite as humorous or heartfelt as its predecessors, this novel does contain a certain amount of charm, including a winning cast of secondary characters. Anthony's strong voice and perplexing moral dilemmas are compelling, but the sometimes slow-moving plot and unrealistic ending may cause some teens to lose interest. Purchase where the previous novels are popular.—Liz Overberg, Darlington Middle School, Rome, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Teenager Antsy Bonano gets into an amazing amount of trouble while spending a week on a luxurious Caribbean cruise ship in this agreeable companion to The Schwa Was Here (2004). Old Man Crawley, a filthy-rich irascible codger with a soft spot for his blind, 16-year-old granddaughter, Lexie, is about to turn 80. To celebrate, he invites--commands, really--Antsy and his family to join him and Lexie for a week aboard the incredibly fabulous cruise ship Plethora of the Deep. After a precise setup that neatly lays out the well-detailed characters and their situations, Antsy meets the attractive and intriguing Tilde, who claims she's a stowaway and smuggler of illegal immigrants. Reluctantly, bighearted Antsy, who for all his smarts can't seem to stop himself from getting involved in people's problems, begins helping her. The comedic, larger-than-life climax showcases the interaction among social media, the legitimate press and storytelling (aka lying), giving Antsy the opportunity to prove that he has both guts and heart. The story, which has a lot going on and is full of sharp quips and amusing observations, is beautifully constructed and contains a meticulously foreshadowed yet completely surprising plot twist and, later, an unexpected reveal. For all its dazzle, though, it sometimes seems more interested in its own cleverness than in pulling readers along, and they might find themselves full of admiration at its wit and wisdom, yet rather uninvolved. Nevertheless, a highly enjoyable ride. (Fiction. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422266
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 704,158
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman's novels have been honored with awards from the International Reading Association and readers in many states. His novels span many genres, from humor to suspense thrillers to science fiction. Neal lives in Southern California with his four children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    I read a preview copy of this book in one day and could not put

    I read a preview copy of this book in one day and could not put it down! While
    the book touches a multitude of real life topics (illegal immigration, elderly,
    family dynamics, etc.) it is a light hearted read with unforgettable characters.
    All of the characters are well developed yet you still find yourself surprised
    by some of their revelations throughout the book. You can't help but love the
    main character, Antsy, and root for him to finally realize how smart he really
    is. The secondary characters are so endearing as well that I found myself
    wanting to know more about them. I was particularly fond of the old curmudgeon,
    Mr. Crowley, and would love to see a book about his back story. I bet old Mr.
    Crowley has a few stories to share! I loved this book for so many reasons but
    in the end all that matters is a stellar author has yet again thrown together a
    great plot with great characters and created hysterical page turning magic that
    young adults and adults alike will truly enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    awesome!

    awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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