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ISBN: 0374379939
Author: Jack Gantos
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First edition (September 13, 2011)
Pages: 352
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Kids
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 409
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Dead End in Norvelt is an autobiographical novel by the American author Jack Gantos, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2011. It features a boy named Jack Gantos and is based in the author's hometown, Norvelt, Pennsylvania

Dead End in Norvelt is an autobiographical novel by the American author Jack Gantos, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2011. It features a boy named Jack Gantos and is based in the author's hometown, Norvelt, Pennsylvania.

Dead End in Norvelt" is absolutely hilarious, and I feel it was a deserving winner of the Newbery Medal

Dead End in Norvelt" is absolutely hilarious, and I feel it was a deserving winner of the Newbery Medal.

Dead End in Norvelt, this year's Newberry winner for best young adult fiction, is even more hilarious in audio form as read by author Jack Gantos. My family howled out loud as we listened to it during a spring break drive to California. The Bellingham Herald

Dead End in Norvelt, this year's Newberry winner for best young adult fiction, is even more hilarious in audio form as read by author Jack Gantos. The Bellingham Herald. This is a brilliant book, full of history, mystery, and laughs. It reminded me of my small-town childhood, although my small town was never as delightfully weird as Norvelt.

Dead End in Norvelt book. The blurb on the back of the book says it's a mix of truth and fantasy, but it's difficult to see where one leaves off and the other begins!

Dead End in Norvelt book. Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal. The blurb on the back of the book says it's a mix of truth and fantasy, but it's difficult to see where one leaves off and the other begins!

I shouted, and put down my book. I had really been plowing through the Landmark series. I figured I might have them all read by the time summer was over.

You can read book Dead End in Norvelt by Gantos, Jack in our library for absolutely free. I shouted, and put down my book. Is Mom okay with letting me out?

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature . Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults.

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell 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.

Dead End in Norvelt won Gantos the prestigious Newbery Medal when the book . Jack Gantos Speaks Here's a little backstory on the writing Dead End in Norvelt.

Dead End in Norvelt won Gantos the prestigious Newbery Medal when the book was published in 2011. As if that's not enough, it also won the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction. So don't be scared off by talk of giant tricycles and Eleanor Roosevelt: two prestigious g organizations can't be wrong. What is Dead End in Norvelt About and Why Should I Care? We have a one-word answer for why you should care about Dead End in Norvelt: Occupy. Okay, so it's going to be a bit more than just one word. Plus, Jack Gantos reads a brief excerpt!

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Dead End in Norvelt is one of them. The first surprise came as soon as I sat down to read it. The name of the main character, an 11 year-old-boy about to start his summer vacation in the early sixties i. ack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell 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 Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty 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 launced 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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Umor
As a boy, Jack was enjoying his summer vacation, when bang! Everything when up in a smoke. After firing a "somehow loaded" Japanese sniper rifle toward a movie screen, his summer was just getting worse. His mother, a citizen of Norvelt since she was born, had Jack to go to a neighbor's home up in 6:00AM for a kind satisfaction of her rules: help your neighbor. After helping Mrs. Volker for a day, Jack decides it might not be bad at all: until now, when he is sure he needs to help her.
As his WWII veteran father returns to home with an army surplus J-3, he asks Jack to mow down his mother's precious cornfield to make a runaway and a bomb shelter. Already on the risk with his gun accident and his overwhelming will to get on board in the plane, Jack mows down the corn and gets into a serious trouble with his mother: grounded for summer. Now, not only he cannot contribute to the baseball team, his only way of escape is by doing chores and helping neighbors.

By helping Mrs. Volker, he had a rather interesting summer. As he helped her, or should I say, typed the obituaries Mrs. Volker spoke to him, he soaked in all the necessary histories about Norvelt and learned to respect history. However, this book is not always peaceful. As all the original Norvelters started to die off in a very quick rate, rumors spread on town of the crazy dance diesis coming back to life to haunt them, or that the town is cursed. This mystery draws Jack deeply into risks of another trouble, and events.

Leaving out the unusual case of frequent nose bloodsheds, Jack is considered a usual boy looking to spend the summer vacation in his own way, enjoying every bits instead of having to have to worry about watch his back every time. This is a very fun book to read, especially for a early-teenager like me. It has enough twists and turns for chapters that every time one cools down, other starts. I tried to listen it in an audio book instead, but it did not work because I had to pause every bits since I was laughing my head off way higher than the audio itself.

Again, highly recommended: you will find yourself/past self as Jack and laugh along as he tries to set things right. ^^
Jek
I laughed so hard at certain passages that the tears came, and there were even more laughs when I read it aloud to my husband.

The book is tightly woven from the point of view of a good-natured eleven- (then twelve-) year old boy growing up in the early '60s, a bit used and abused by the adults in his world.

The writing is wonderful, and in my opinion the author's metaphors and similes are often dazzling: "I could see the flames leaping into the air, and the confetti of glowing ash that floated above the flames...[The]blistering flames rising above the house...waving goodbye to everyone who was watching." About old, arthritic Mrs. Volker: "When she finished she plopped down onto her couch like a string puppet that had been cut loose. All her jumbled pieces slumped into herself, and with her forehead pressed against her tucked-up knees she fell into a deep sleep."

The unity of the book is complete, dealing, as it does, with the boy's obsession with death -- his own, the death of the town, the deaths of the town's old people, the death-work of the embalmer....

The main characters and secondary characters including the boy's mother, Mrs. Volker, Bunny, and Mr. Spizz are endearing and funny, and unlikely to be forgotten.

Having said all that, I'm not so sure that this is really a kid's book; at the end, when the mystery is solved, there is no moral payoff. Someone is outed, but there is no real consequences to the person's ill deeds. Life goes on -- or not, actually -- with little shock or horror, whereas the rest of the book deals, humorously, with right vs wrong.

It's really a terrific book, if for adults. The best part is that it's tear-inducing hilarious.
Xtreem
"Dead End in Norvelt" is absolutely hilarious, and I feel it was a deserving winner of the Newbery Medal. I really enjoyed following the "adventures" of young Jack Gantos, or "Gantos Boy" as the tricycle-riding, elderly Spizz insists upon calling him. Gantos has a great writing voice, and this novel was full of colorful, funny language. Just take a look at a few examples:

"I really didn't want to sneak into a house and stumble around like the Grim Reaper who had come to harvest Mrs. Dubicki." (p.105)

"I glanced from the table to the orange linoleum floor, which looked like the inside of a grilled cheese sandwich" (p.221)

"She was so short she could run full speed under her dining room table without ducking. I tried it once and nearly decapitated myself." (p.41)

I feel that most middle graders would enjoy reading this story, especially boys. The finale is bit anti-climatic for my liking, but this story has so much character and heart, it more than makes up for this minor fault. Ultimately, it's a story about family and love, wrapped inside of a very funny package :)
Dianantrius
Jack is caught between his arguing parents. His mother has grounded him for firing a Japanese gun his father owned. She has also volunteered him to help Mrs. Volker, a neighbor who writes obituaries.
Mrs. Volker has arthritis in her hands and can no longer write or type up the obituaries for the Norvelt News. Through the obituaries she tells the history of the deceased. The deceased have recently become the original women of the town of Norvelt. Jack loves this new job since he loves history. He has one problem, if he gets overly excited his nose will begin to bleed. As the elderly women of Norvelt begin to drop like flies, people are beginning to wonder if it is murder. Mrs. Volker examines the bodies and pronounces each death that of natural causes. Not everyone is convinced. Could she be hiding something? This was a wonderful book full of history and lessons that the reader won't mind learning. The mystery was enough to keep you reading, yet not so difficult you couldn't figure it out. Highly recommended reading.

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