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Jack's New Power

Jack's New Power

Stories from a Caribbean Year

Jack Henry (Volume 4)

Jack Gantos

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From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, life for Jack Henry in a brand-new place is filled with the same old craziness

Jack Henry has moved to the island of Barbados with his offbeat family and his secret diary. But still he can't escape his penchant for wacky misadventure. Because of a headless chicken, he gets a violent case of blood poisoning. In a pepper-eating contest with his father, he discovers the perils of male bonding. And then he has his heartstrings twanged by an older woman who just happens to be his sister's best friend.

These are just a few of his trials and tribulations in these eight fierce and funny stories, based on the author's own childhood diaries.

This title has Common Core connections.

Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, School Library Best Books of the Year, NYPLT Books for the Teen Age, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, NYPLC Children's Books 100

Jack's New Power

We were not allowed to swim in the ocean far below the Edgewater Hotel because we were on the rough side of the island. The "windward" side, Dad had called it. It was rugged and...

Praise for Jack's New Power

“Extravagantly imaginative adventures . . . Combines side-splitting comedy with sweetly melancholic undertones.” —Publishers Weekly

“Sharp humor.” —Booklist

“Jack's voice is completely original.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Jack Gantos has a way with boys, or a good memory for being one.” —The New York Times Book Review

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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; the Joey Pigza series, which include a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award Finalist; Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the Rotten Ralph series.

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