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From Norvelt to Nowhere

From Norvelt to Nowhere

Norvelt Series (Volume 2)

Jack Gantos, read by the author

Macmillan Young Listeners


Jack Gantos' rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal–winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens in the 1960s, deep in the shadow of the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes. From Norvelt to Nowhere is a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year


It was Halloween afternoon and I was swinging hand over hand like an escaped chimpanzee across the lattice of open attic rafters in Miss Volker's rickety wooden garage. She was circling directly below me and impatiently...

Praise for From Norvelt to Nowhere

“Gantos's reading is spot-on. It's hard not to laugh out loud.” —AudioFile

“How do Neweberry Medalists follow their award-winning novels? If they're Jack Gantos, they do it with more over-the-top humor and even crazier adventures. Hold on tight for another wild ride.” —BookPage


Jack Gantos, read by the author

JACK GANTOS, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for Dead End in Norvelt, is the New York Times bestselling author of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Hole in My Life, a Printz Honor book. A beloved figure at schools, conferences, and stores around the country, he was the 2010 ALAN award winner for his outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. Jack lives with his family and cats in Boston.

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