Dead End in NorvelteBook - 2011
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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 06, 2018
This novel is set in 1962 and based on Gantos’s own early days in his hometown of Norvelt, PA, a government-created town in the days of the Great Depression. The main character is also named “Jack Gantos.” For the first 100 pages or so, this is a funny book about a kid obsessed with history, ba... Read More »
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white_whale_95 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
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“. . . if you think about it a refrigerator is just a coffin for food that stands upright.”
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1962, Norvelt, PA. It’s a town that owes its existence to Eleanor Roosevelt (for whom it is named) and the residence of one young Jack Gantos. A kid with a perpetually bleeding proboscis, Jack’s looking forward to having an awesome summer. That is, before his mother forces him to help out old Miss Volker write the town’s obituaries. Before he’s grounded for mowing down his mom’s corn (because his dad told him to, and how fair is that?). Before it seems as though the whole summer might pass him by. Fortunately, Jack finds his time with Miss Volker to be fascinating, and that’s before all the little old ladies in town start dying off at an remarkably quickfire rate. Is there something natural or unnatural behind these deaths? And more importantly, will Jack ever get to play an honest game of baseball under the shining sun ever again?
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