Search Results: "Jack Gantos"


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JACK ADRIFT by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2003

"By the end, the family is about to head back over the Outer Banks in high spirits, having found a silver lining in all of the insanity. (Short stories. 8-12)"
When his father enlists in the Navy Seabees, Jack Henry is off to Cape Hatteras for his fourth-grade year. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 1999

"Have readers fasten their seat belts for this one, or—for a real jolt of Jack—don't. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Jack's back (Jack's Black Book, 1997, etc.) and wacko enough to water ski on land, feed his sleeping sister a cockroach, and bring about the unfortunate demise of three pet cats. Read full book review >

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WRITING RADAR by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A standout among writing guides, valuable for its sage and friendly encouragement and for the sheer fun of hanging out with Jack. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Advice on writing from one of the best writers around. Read full book review >

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JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Mature readers will find this harsh tale softened by unusual empathy and leavened by genuinely funny events. (Fiction. 11-13)"
If Rotten Ralph were a boy instead of a cat, he might be Joey, the hyperactive hero of Gantos's new book, except that Joey is never bad on purpose. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE IN ME by Jack Gantos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will laugh, possibly uneasily, at Jack's reckless antics and lack of impulse control, but they will probably also sympathize with his deep itch to make a change. (preface, afterword) (Historical fiction. 13-15)"
A misbegotten effort to reinvent himself leads young "Jack" to burn his notebooks and clothes, though not quite his bridges, in Gantos' latest burst of confessional fiction. Read full book review >

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FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Dollops of history and mystery, plus gross to wickedly barbed comical set pieces set in a talky, ambling, amiable odyssey. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
The chase after a serial killer sparks an eventful, if not particularly life-changing, road trip in this sequel to the Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt (2011). Read full book review >

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JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"A tragic tale in many ways, but a triumph too. (Fiction. 11-13)"
As if Joey didn't get into enough trouble in his unforgettable debut, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (1998), Gantos has him wig out again in this sad, scary, blackly funny sequel. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Funny moments, with an underlying poignancy. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Though Jack has lived in nine houses and gone to five schools in his young life, three things have remained constant: a stable family, his father's inability to find a permanent job—and The Sound of Music, playing at the local drive-in since he moved to his Fort Lauderdale neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA by Jack Gantos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Dark, funny and pawzzz-i-tively brilliant. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Joey takes on his toughest set of challenges yet in this heart-rending, triumphant series finale. Read full book review >

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LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS by Jack Gantos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"A good match with M.T. Anderson's Feed (2002) and Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion (2002). (Fiction. YA)"
What happens when you die? Read full book review >

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WHAT WOULD JOEY DO? by Jack Gantos
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"A must read. (Fiction. 10+)"
Clad in black leather, Carter Pigza motorcycles into town like some mad vampire on the loose, with Mrs. Pigza chasing after him with a broom, looking like a witch about to take flight. Read full book review >

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HOLE IN MY LIFE by Jack Gantos
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 26, 2002

"Not the usual 'How I Became A Writer' treatise, it is an honest, utterly compelling, and life-affirming chronicle of a personal journey for older teens and adults. (Nonfiction. YA)"
"We didn't so much arrive at our destinations as aim and crash into them like kamikaze yachtsmen." Read full book review >