Antsy Does Time

Antsy Does Time

by Neal Shusterman


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Antsy Bonano, narrator of The Schwa Was Here, is back with another crazy tale. This time, Antsy signs a month of his life over to his "dying" classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of "living on borrowed time." But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated? And when a family member suffers a heart attack after donating two years to Gunnar, Antsy starts to wonder if he has tempted fate by trying to play God . . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142414873
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 352,690
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author and screenwriter.  He lives in Southern California with his four children.

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Antsy Does Time 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
carisma mercado More than 1 year ago
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.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anthony (Antsy) Bonano narrates in a wise- cracking, side-splitting tone as we travel on a fast paced journey in his attempt to buy time for a newly found Swedish friend, Gunnar Ulmlaut, who claims to be dying from "PMS", Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia.While observing the New York City Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade, Antsy and his friends watch in dismay as the huge float of Roadkyll Racoon breaks loose carrying three men tethered to the ropes free floating toward the Empire State building in Manhattan.While anxiously awaiting the outcome, Gunnar tells the boys that he only has six months to live. The next day, altruistically, Antsy concocts a document stating he will give one month of his life to Gunnar.From this point on, the situation speeds out of control (faster than the doomed giant parade day float) when the entire school donates time to a person who may or may not be seriously ill.Neal Shusterman is highly creative and witty. I'll look for more of his books to read.I'll give this one 4.5 stars.
SFM13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Antsy always has a clever comeback to lighten any situation. I think that's why Kjersten liked him so much. Her family was definitely an example of dysfunction. Antsy's idea to help Gunnar began as a comeback to get his friend's mind off of dying, but soon everyone wanted to donate time to extend Gunnar's life. With all the problems at Kjersten and Gunnar's home, it's no wonder the will to live seemed to have walked off. Believing Dr. G's computer-generated diagnosis only added more drama to Gunnar's life, although the rest of the family didn't buy into it. I'm glad Ansty figured it out and was able to help Gunnar snap out of his depression and realize he was going to live. My favorite scene was the "baptizing." As a former waitress, I have imagined doing the very same thing to rude and annoying customers.
stonelaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this book is a sequel to The Schwa Was Here, it can be read independently, which is great because it most certainly should be read! How wonderful when an author can turn death, a gambling addiction, a heart attack, divorce, betrayal, daymares, water pouring, echolocation, and the meaning of prayer into a laugh-out-loud, hard-to-put-down rollicking adventure.While witnessing the tragic fall of a balloon wrangler at the annual Macy¿s Thanksgiving Day Parade new student Gunner Umlaut confesses to Anthony ¿Antsy¿ Bonano that he is suffering from ¿PMS,¿ Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia, only has six months to live. In an inexplicable burst of altruism Antsy decides to donate a month of his life to Gunnar. When this ¿time-shaving¿ notion catches on at school it begins to take on a life of its own. Wrapped up in the mayhem are hysterical observations of life, love, earning respect, a need to be recognized, and the meaning of death. Whether it¿s morning announcements, adding a new perspective to Ingmar Bergman¿s films, or pouring water on a senator¿s head, Shusterman can bring tears of laughter to your eyes at the same time you realize that his hysteria might just have some insight. Donate a bit of your life to reading Antsy Does Time.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sequel to "The Schwa was here," another Neal Shusterman title that I liked a lot. Antsy tries to help terminally ill fellow student Gunnar by "donating" some of his own lifetime. The charity takes on a life of its own as more and more people sign up. Insightful and quirky.
SandyStiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved Ansty Does Time! Great voice. Reminds me a bit of Jordan Sonnenblick in that in the middle of some very funny passages we learn of possible tragedy. Antsy's friend, Gunnar's, family is in a bad state and Gunnar decides to tell people that he is dying. Ansty starts a wave of compassion at school for him and students and staff donate certificates worth a month of their lives to Gunnar (symbolically of course!) Meanwhile, Gunnar and Antsy do a Grapes of Wrath project and creat a dustbowl in Gunnar's backyard. Somehow it all comes together.
DavidDunkerton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sequel to The Schwa Was Here was even better than the first! Anthony "Antsy" Bonano returns with many of his friends from the previous story. Calvin Schwa is not in the story, and while there is some mention of him, this book does not build on the last one--it is its own story.A new character is Gunnar Ümlaut, who believes himself to be dying of a terminal illness called Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia. Antsy goes on a campaign to have people donate a month of their lives to Gunnar, and it seemed like a noble, symbolic gesture, until Antsy realizes that Gunnar's diagnosis wasn't from a very reliable source. Antsy has to learn why Gunnar kind of wishes he was dying, as well as why Gunnar's older sister Kjersten really wanted to go out with him.This story is hilarious and really deep at the same time, and I would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't matter which one you read first, but make sure you read Antsy Does Time and The Schwa Was Here (and if you don't already know what they mean, look up "schwa" and "ümlaut").
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Antsy (Anthony) Bonano has got to be one of my favorite characters ever! This time, Antsy's new friend Gunnar Umlaut tells him that he has a progressive lung disease and has six months to live. Antsy impulsively decides to give him a certificate for one month of his life, and starts a tidal wave of gifts of time through his school. Antsy also starts dating Gunnar's sister, the gorgeous Swedish goddess Kjersten, finds out some difficult things about the Umlaut family, creates a replica of the Dust Bowl in the Umlaut's backyard (and decimates the surrounding neighborhood lawns due to an overdose of weed killer), and becomes famous for an ice water incident with a rude customer at Paris Capische, the French/Italian fusion restaurant his parents own with Lexie's grandfather, Old Man Crawley. Funny and thoughtful at the same time, this one shows off Neal Shusterman's creativity and style. Loved it! 7th grade and up.
dgoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are still some witty, smart-aleck moments in this Antsy tale, but it was missing the zip of The Schwa Was Here. I felt the ending went on too long after the climax and was presented in a way that wasn't that interesting. I almost put the book down when I thought the end was there but there were pages after it.
ALelliott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Readers:Well, the first thing you should know is that this is the sequel to Shusterman's The Schwa was Here. I'm not sure this book is as good--it's not as funny or poignant--but it's still worth reading to find out more about Antsy Bonano. These books are not actually about Antsy's weird friends (the Schwa, or in this case, Gunnar Umlaut, a kid obsessed with his own mortality). Instead they are about watching Antsy grow as a young man. What I like about these books is Antsy's basic humanity. He's definitely someone you would want on your side. If you liked The Schwa was Here, this is worth reading. If you didn't like it, skip this one, because it's more of the same.I Liked the Schwa was Here, so I enjoyed this book. The humor is darker, and it grapples with that biggest of human topics-death. Gunnar is a kid in Antsy's 9th grade class who announces one day that he only has sixth months to live. As a joke, Antsy gives him one month of his own life. From there, suddenly it seems like all of Brooklyn wants to help Gunnar out. But Antsy stumbles on some dark secrets, and finds out that things are not always what they seem...For Educators and Librarians:This book is worth having if you have kids who liked The Schwa was Here, or you like having complete collections of an author's books. Language and content-wise, this book is perfectly appropriate for middle school. But the themes are pretty adult-some kids might be depressed by the aura of death that surrounds the story. Of course, other kids will eat it up, so there you go.I found this to be a slower read. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you have the money, this is a good book to have. If you are on a limited budget, though, there are better Shusterman books out there.Reading level: 11+Appropriateness: Language and content is appropriate; adult themes may turn kids off (death, mortality, etc.)Kids who would like this book: Kids who liked Antsy Bonano in The Schwa, maybe your goth kids (sorry, if that isn't PC)
SecretBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Antsy Does Time is a great story.  It was a bit sad a one point, but I was happy with the ending.  It was a classic book by this author who, quite frankly, I absolutely love.  To paraphrase a quote someone gave on his books (you can read it on the cover of some of his books including Bruiser) It will keep you thinking about the characters for years after you read it.  Amazingly enough, it has absolutely nothing to do with jail, as the title may suggest.  Instead, it deals with the trading of months of your life.  It all started when a boy fell terminably ill; Antsy thought he would help him emotionally with giving the boy some of his life.  Time dealing becomes a big, no huge, deal as more and more people add time to this kid's life.  But, something fishy is going on, something involving this kid's family and Antsy is taking it upon himself to sniff it out. It really only mentions the first book in the "series", like, 3 times.  You would be fine if you didn't read it.  You probably wouldn't even notice one of the references.  It was pretty funny and I finished it incrediably quickly.  I think you'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this sereis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are such an idiot!!!! This book was awesome!!!!!!!!
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Bouver More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and listening to it read by the author made it even better!  
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It is okay!!
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Awesome book!!to
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