April 1, 2017 marks the official release of Alex Lyttle’s debut novel, From Ant to Eagle. This middle grade novel is one of the most anticipated books Central Avenue has launched, from glowing blogger reviews, to national bookstore listings to positive trade reviews. All of it is well-deserved, From Ant to Eagle is an extremely touching story of a boy navigating life as an eleven year-old dealing with the ravages of cancer.
Cal Sinclair is an average kid, it’s summer, he’s bored and his six-year-old brother, Sammy, drives him crazy. When Cal meets the new girl in town, Aleta Alvarado, summer becomes a little less boring as the two form a deep friendship, despite her introverted demeanour. Cal ditches Sammy by assigning him tasks and awarding levels, each one bringing him closer to his brother’s Eagle status.
When Sammy starts getting sick, and the ultimate diagnosis is cancer, Cal feels horrible about how he’s treated his little brother. As he now figures out life in and out of spending time with his brother in the hospital, Cal must grapple with some very adult issues, like divorce, maintaining friendships and the concept of death.
We warn you, you’ll need tissues, but as you cry with Cal, you’ll grow with him too – and that is the gift that Alex presents in this novel, the ability to live Cal’s life in a true and realistic way: through a child’s eye.
We’ve also got a great giveaway going on – you can win money, coffee and books: three of my favourite things. While you can tweet and facebook about the book to get entries, you’ll get the most entries by visiting your favourite bookstore and tweeting a selfie holding the book, (you don’t have to buy it, but my guess is that you’ll want to.) Bricks and mortar bookstores are havens of tangible imagination, be they indie or chain – please stop by and visit one.