Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Jack Henry

Jack’s life is a crazy roller-coaster ride. His family is always moving, he suffers under desperate crushes, and he’s constantly facing crazy teachers, pesky siblings, and weird neighbors. To help him get through the good days and bad days, Jack writes in his diary. As The School Library Journal put it, Jack’s “a survivor, an ‘everyboy’ whose world may be wacko but whose heart and spirit are eminently sane.” This series from Newbery Honor-winning author Jack Gantos will charm children and young adult readers.

Books in this Series

Jack's Black Book
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Jack's Black Book

Jack Henry (Volume 5)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish


From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, the uproarious final volume of Jack Henry stories

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Jack's New Power
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Jack's New Power

Jack Henry (Volume 4)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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

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Heads or Tails
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Heads or Tails

Jack Henry (Volume 3)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

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

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Jack on the Tracks
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Jack on the Tracks

Jack Henry (Volume 2)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, nine semi-autobiographical stories that will make you laugh so hard it hurts

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Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue
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Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue

Jack Henry (Volume 1)
Jack Gantos
Square Fish

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight side-splitting stories about a boy who is doing his best to keep his head above water

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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.