Norvelt Series

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From Norvelt to Nowhere
Norvelt Series (Volume 2)
Jack Gantos
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Young Jack accompanies Miss Volker on a wild pursuit of the chief suspect in the Norvelt murders, while being pursued themselves.


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Dead End in Norvelt
Norvelt Series (Volume 1)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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...


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Author Jack Gantos talks about his book Dead End in Norvelt

Bestselling young adult author Jack Gantos discusses his book, Dead End in Norvelt, reading audio books and other favorite topics.

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Dead End in Norvelt Book Trailer

Has Jack's summer hit a dead end?

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Jack Gantos thanks 2012 Newbery Committee

Jack Gantos thanks the 2012 Newbery Committee for selecting DEAD END IN NORVELT as the winner!

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Jack Gantos Talks Audiobooks

Bestselling YA author Jack Gantos talks about audiobooks and the challenges of reading his book Dead End in Norvelt aloud.

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From Norvelt To Nowhere - Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to an excerpt from the audio book edition of From Norvelt to Nowhere.

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to Jack Gantos read from his Newbery Medal-winning children's book Dead End in Norvelt in this audiobook excerpt. 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.

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About the Author

Jack 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 National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.
 
Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack’s writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister’s diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers’ lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.
 
While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack’s career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children’s books and began to teach 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. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jack Gantos

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