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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the years best contribution to childrens literature and the Scott ODell Award for Historical Fiction!
 
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.

But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jacks way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. 

Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.
 
 
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Dead End in Norvelt Summary & Study Guide

Rate this book. A sly, sharp-edged narrative about a small western Pennsylvania town and a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air. Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents for what seems like forever. But escape comes where Jack least expects it, once his mom loans him out to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore - a chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, obituaries, Hells Angels, and countless bloody noses. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air. Ages

Jack lives with his Mom and Dad in Norvelt , a small town big on quirky neighbors. It's the summer of , and Jack's vacation is ruined when his Mom grounds him for the entire summer. Okay, it's not entirely out of the blue. Jack's been in trouble. First, he accidentally fires his Dad's Japanese sniper rifle at the town's drive-in movie theater screen—um, oops. Double oops, because he didn't know that it was loaded. And then, he gets caught up in the middle of a war between his parents, and mows down his Mom's cornfield.

Title: Dead End in Norvelt. Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents for what seems like forever.
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Dead End in Norvelt Summary & Study Guide Description

The story takes place in the early s and opens with Jack standing on a bench in his backyard trying to see the movie playing at the nearby drive-in. Jack is using Japanese military binoculars that his father brought home from his tour of duty as a Marine in World War II. - It features a boy named Jack Gantos and is based in the author's hometown, Norvelt, Pennsylvania. According to one reviewer, the "real hero" is "his home town and its values", a "defiantly political" message.

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5 thoughts on “Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

  1. Jack lives with his Mom and Dad in Norvelt, a small town big on quirky neighbors. First, he accidentally fires his Dad's Japanese sniper rifle at the town's drive-in movie theater screen—um, oops. The only time he gets to leave the house is when Miss Volker, the town's elderly.

  2. Sep 14, Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos.

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