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Dead End in Norvelt

Gantos, Jack

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Jack's summer has hit a dead end . . .

After being 'grounded for life', Jack is facing a summer of doing nothing. But who's got time to die of boredom when there are so many more interesting ways to die in this town?

He might crash in his dad's homemade plane, or catch the disease that makes you dance yourself to death, or fall foul of the motorcycle gang that wants to burn the town to the ground. Old people seem to be dying faster than Miss Volker can write their obituaries, and Jack is starting to worry that it might not just be the rats that are eating the rat poison . . .

Dead End in Norvelt is Jack Gantos's hilarious blend of the entirely true and the wildly fictional, from one of the most darkly amusing imaginations writing today.

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"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" (Dave Barry)

"A bit of autobiography works its way into all of Gantos's work, but he one-ups himself in this wildly entertaining meld of truth and fiction by naming the main character . . . Jackie Gantos" ( Publishers Weekly)

"Gantos, as always, delivers bushels of food for thought and plenty of outright guffaws" ( Booklist)

"A fast-paced and witty read" ( School Library Journal)

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A gripping, hilarious and wildly imaginative tale about one of the strangest towns you'll ever visit.

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2012. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2013

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