Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt

Author: Jack Gantos

  • Publication Date: 2011-09-13
  • Category: Coming of Age
4 Score: 4
(From 265 Ratings)


Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.


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    By Staplewings
    I actually got to meet Jack Gantos, he is a really smart person and I think he did a great job on this book!
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    By Mama aprubin
    I have kids and am a teacher in a primary school grades kinder-5th. This book is fun. It's an accurate story of childhood.
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    Cheezy, Funny, LOL, YOLO!