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Dead End in Norvelt

Format:  Hardcover,

341 pages

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780374379933

ISBN-10: 0374379939

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"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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Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780374379933
ISBN-10: 0374379939
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 341
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780374379933

About the author

Biography of Gantos, Jack

Jack Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1951. He received a BFA and a MA from Emerson College. While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. His other books include Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the 2012 Newbery Medal.

His memoir, Hole in My Life, won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors. He also teaches courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He developed the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Newbery Medal, 2012 (United States)
  • Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2012 - 2013 (United States)
  • Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2012 (United Kingdom)
  • American Library Association Notable Books for Children, 2012 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2011 (United States)
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2013 - 2014 (United States)

Book description

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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