From Ant to Eagle
From Ant to Eagle

From Ant to Eagle



256 Pages, 5.25 x 7.5

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781771681117


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My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm 11 years old, and I killed my brother

Winner–Red Cedar Award 2019Winner–Silver Birch Fiction Award 2018Winner–Rocky Mountain Book Award 2019Finalist–Alberta Writers Guild 2019Finalist–Foreword Indies Book of the Year 2017“An honest portrayal of love, loss, and friendship.”— School Library JournalMy name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession… I killed my brother.It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop.Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status.When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis makes things at home start falling apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey…“Tender, direct, and honest.”—Kirkus Reviews“A moving and ultimately hopeful book.”—BooklistAlso from Alex Lyttle, The Rise of Winter


"A poignant story about love, loss, family and friendships that will tug at your heartstrings long after you close the book." —Darlene Foster, author, Amanda Travels series

"This is a book about fear, joy, frustration, acceptance, forgiveness, anger and, above all, love. This is a story of emotional truth that is sure to captivate readers of all ages." —Ashley Spires, best-selling author and illustrator, The Most Magnificent Thing

"Avoiding sentimentality or easy answers, From Ant to Eagle explores the complex emotions of a family on the verge of "the cancer crumble" with stark honesty and warm compassion." —Beth Cooley, author, Ostrich Eye and Shelter

"From Ant to Eagle is a wonderful conflation of heart, intelligence, and seriously skillful storytelling." —Andrew Norriss, author, Friends for Life and Jessica's Ghost

"From Ant to Eagle is absolutely terrific. I was very moved and many elements of the story—the cancer crumble, beliefs about life and death, the nature of palliative care, the role of nurses, physicians, and the patients themselves in the oncology wheel—were not only riveting but informative." —Paulette Bourgeois, author

"From Ant to Eagle is a masterpiece. August (Wonder) and Melody (Out of My Mind) will now be in good company with Cal." —Connie Halpern, Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, California

"Lyttle's voice for Cal is appealingly direct and articulate . . . and his account of his struggle to cope will appeal to readers. Tender, direct, and honest." —Vicki Smith, Kirkus Reviews

"Lyttle's debut is an uncommonly honest examination of mortality and the ways in which growing up complicates sibling relationships . . . . Lyttle delicately tackles the subjects of grief and death, trusting middle-grade readers with a sophisticated story that includes notes of humor. A moving and ultimately hopeful book." —Booklist

Author Biography

Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, a multi-award winning story which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit.The Rise of Winter, Alex's second novel, steps away from the medical world and enters that of fantasy – a world created during bedtime stories for his eldest daughter.Fan's call Alex's writing "entertaining", "moving" and "dynamic".When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.Watch for Alex's newest novel The Pain Book, set to launch in the Spring of 2022.