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Hole in My Life



Awards: American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; American Library Association Notable Children's Books; American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers; Michael L. Printz Award - Honor; Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor; Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year; Parents' Choice Award Winner; Booklist Editors' Choice; Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award; Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List; School Library Journal Best Books of the Year; Massachusetts Children's Book Award; NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Recommendations: Booklist, Starred; Bulletin-Center Child Books; Horn Book, Starred Review; IRA, Journal of Reading; Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review; New York Times Book Review; Publishers Weekly; School Library Journal, Starred Review; VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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Jack GantosJack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a... More

Awards

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
American Library Association Notable Children's Books
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers
Michael L. Printz Award - Honor
Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Parents' Choice Award Winner
Booklist Editors' Choice
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Massachusetts Children's Book Award
NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Recommendations

Booklist, Starred
Bulletin-Center Child Books
Horn Book, Starred Review
IRA, Journal of Reading
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal, Starred Review
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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EXCERPT

From Hole in My Life

From my cell window I could see a line of houses in the distance. All week the people had been putting up Halloween decorations. We didn't celebrate Halloween in prison . . . or, I should say, every day in prison was scarier than any Halloween, so there was no reason to do anything special on October 31st. But thinking of Halloween reminded me of a funny story from when I was in fifth grade. We were living in Kendall, Florida, right on the train tracks. One Halloween afternoon police cars flooded our neighborhood and announced that Halloween was canceled because there had been a prison break upstate at Raford. A couple of guys had hopped a freight and the cops thought they may have jumped off in our area. We locked our doors and turned on all the lights. We pulled the curtains. All night I scampered from window to window peeking out and looking for unshaven suspicious types in striped outfits. Every time a bush rustled in the wind my heart leapt. I saw rugged prison mugs in every shadow. It was the most exciting Halloween ever. The escapees were caught not far from our house and I was disappointed that I hadn't spotted them slinking around.

I wrote this story down in my journal. From time to time I wrote down other funny stories and memories about my family and my childhood. It was a relief to write stories that didn't have bars around them.

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