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Ship Out of Luck
     

Ship Out of Luck

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by Neal Shusterman
 

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The uproarius companion to "The Schwa was Here" and "Antsy Does Time"

In honor of Old Man Crawley’s eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world’s largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can’t manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly

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The uproarius companion to "The Schwa was Here" and "Antsy Does Time"

In honor of Old Man Crawley’s eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world’s largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can’t manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly finds himself the accomplice of stowaway and thief Tilde, whose self-made mission it is to smuggle onto the ship and across the U.S. border illegal immigrants from her native Mexico. When Antsy steps in to take the fall for Tilde, he becomes the focus of a major international incident and the poster child for questionable decisions.

Equal parts clever and riotous, Ship Out of Luck brings back the beloved cast of characters from Neal Shusterman’s acclaimed The Schwa Was Here and Antsy Does Time.

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From the Publisher
The Schwa Was Here
Winner of the 2005 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Book o Winner of the 2007-08 California Young Reader Medal Award
An IRA Young Adult Choice Award selection
21 state lists; 2 starred reviews: BCCB, SLJ

Antsy Does Time
2009 ALA Best Young Adult List
2008 Junior Library Guild Selection
2009 Pennsylvania School Library Association Young Adult Top 40 selection
5 state lists; 4 starred reviews: Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ, VOYA

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101574959
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,014,516
File size:
905 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

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Antsy Does Time
2009 ALA Best Young Adult List
2008 Junior Library Guild Selection
2009 Pennsylvania School Library Association Young Adult Top 40 selection
5 state lists; 4 starred reviews: Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ, VOYA

Meet the Author

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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Ship Out of Luck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome!