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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374399887208 Pages, Ages 14-18
Barnes & Noble
Becoming a writer the hard way
In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.
In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos – once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell – moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life. This title has Common Core connections.
Hole in My Life is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, Massachusetts Children's Book Award, ALA Notable Children's Books, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Booklist Editors' Choice, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Parents' Choice Award Winner, School Library Best Books of the Year, Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
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...