Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails

Stories from the Sixth Grade

Jack Henry (Volume 3)

Jack Gantos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

BUY THE BOOK

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight more hysterical semi-autobiographical Jack Henry stories about a sixth grader's trials and tribulations



Jack's life is a crazy roller-coaster ride. At his fifth school in six years, he has a crackpot teacher who won't give him a break about his lousy handwriting and a secret crush who wants to be a policewoman. At home, he has a pesky little brother with a knack for getting hurt whenever Jack's supposed to be looking after him, a terror for an older sister, all sorts of weird neighbors, and, last but not least, ferocious alligators in the canal behind his house.

Writing in his diary about his good days and bad days is one way Jack survives his up-and-down year. But he's also a kid who knows that life can go any which way at any given moment.

He might as well flip a coin: heads he wins, tails he loses. What will turn up next?

A Common Core title.

Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Booklinks Lasting Connection

Praise for Heads or Tails

“Laugh-out-loud funny . . . The author has bull's-eye accuracy in capturing the private torments of a twelve-year-old.” —The Buffalo News

“As real as it gets.” —The Book Report

“The author of the offbeat Rotten Ralph picture books makes an auspicious foray into new ground with this semi-autobiographical, wholly engaging novel. His narrator, Jack, travels through the often poignant moments that highlight his sixth-grade year.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Jack's a survivor, an ‘everyboy' whose world may be wacko but whose heart and spirit are eminently sane . . . Gantos is a terrific writer with a wonderfully wry sensibility.” —Starred, School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

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.

image of Jack Gantoso

Jack Gantos

Macmillan Speakers ?

X

Macmillan Speakers Bureau

Represents thought-provoking authors and experts. We can find a speaker uniquely positioned for your audience and budget.

More info

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Latest on Facebook

LATEST ON TWITTER