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Newbery Medal Winner
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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 feisty 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 launched 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.
Maine Student Book Award Master List, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction Winner, ALA Notable Children's Books, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, Kansas William Allen White Award, Newbery Medal Winner, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Oklahoma Book Award Master List, Kiddo Award Nominee, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Junior Library Guild Selection
School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table in our backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation when my mother walked up to me and ruined it. I was holding a pair of camouflage Japanese WWII binoculars...
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