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Dead End in Norvelt | [Jack Gantos]

Dead End in Norvelt

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 town.
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Winner of the John Newbery Metal for the best children's book of 2011.

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.

©2011 Jack Gantos (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    mindy Midway, UT, United States 06-04-12
    mindy Midway, UT, United States 06-04-12
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    "A fun family read (listen)"
    If you could sum up Dead End in Norvelt in three words, what would they be?

    funny, exciting, informing


    What other book might you compare Dead End in Norvelt to and why?

    The Miracle of Miss Willie


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jack first goes to Mrs. Norvelts house and it look like she is melting her hands in a big pot. He ends up past out on the floor. My six year old was so enchanted and worried about what the crazy old lady was doing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending when he figures out the purpose of History.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how he entwined the history and made it relevant. My children and I could not get enough. We have started playing our favorite chapters over again and my 6 year old is acting out his favorite parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-21-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    Original, entertaining and funny. Norvelt is an amusing story that could be recommended to anyone at any age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 02-06-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Can't believe it won the Newberry..."

    Bought this book right after learning it was the Newberry winner, I usually love the books they select. The plot had so much potential and I wanted to like it. Actually had to force myself to finish it to see if the end was so great it made up for the beginning. Found it a jerky ride of manic tangents and multiple themes barely held together in a story so random and contrived that I couldn't force myself to suspend disbelief.

    I was sick of nosebleeds, old ladies being murdered and frequent, irritating "faux" swearing (like cheeses crust) by multiple persons, which as read by reader sounded like normal swearing. The main character is a young teen who speaks, thinks and evaluates like an old man looking back rather than a teen experiencing the events. All the characters are quirky and felt manufactured. The setting in the 50's didn't feel real either, a bomb shelter being dug in the back yard does not an era make.

    Someone obviously likes it, but many books in the past few years just earning "honors" and not the award are much better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    parkert@k12tn.net Hendersonville, TN 02-23-13
    parkert@k12tn.net Hendersonville, TN 02-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book! Laugh out loud funny!"
    What did you love best about Dead End in Norvelt?

    I liked the humor Jack Gantos infused in the story. The book of is full of quirky characters we have all encountered in our own lives, and the honest perspective of the main character makes the situations he finds himself in all the more enjoyable to read. It is always good for grown ups to remember how kids often view them and kids will empathize with Jack's difficulty in figuring out the adults (and kids) in his life.


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    Dr. Cedar Falls,, IA USA 02-03-13
    Dr. Cedar Falls,, IA USA 02-03-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Read a young adult book with excellent writiing"
    Where does Dead End in Norvelt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The chraacters are charming. Imaginie the protagonist beiing grounded for the whole summer except when he gos to help an elderly lady who writes obits. She is a fabulous writer, we shoul all have such a gifted writer. She iincludes significent history among her writings, historical facts you will enjoy remembering and surprised you'd forgotten. Norvlt is a real place and you ned to know what it means.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack and Miss Volker--together they make the story roll.


    What about Jack Gantos’s performance did you like?

    He has a gift for humor and plays on words. You won't put this book down or begin to think about how small towns begin to meet their demise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No film for this book


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    B. Mccain Arkansas 11-10-12
    B. Mccain Arkansas 11-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An incredible book"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead End in Norvelt the most enjoyable?

    Jack Gantos has outdone himself with this delightful memoir about growing up in the 60s in a community of ecentric characters. Having him read the book made it even better. I love Jack Gantos even more now. I was sad when the book was done as I miss the people he introduced us to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 09-04-12
    Jessica Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "2012 Newbery Medal winner!!!"
    If you could sum up Dead End in Norvelt in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, classic, and history!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists and nose bleeds.


    What does Jack Gantos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As the author of the book, Gantos uses the tone that the book was written with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you like epic nosebleeds and screwball mysteries than you wouldn't find this story to just be "stupid stuff"


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book on your own or with your children. Its a quick read and delightfully funny. It would be a shame

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brett kronenberger 08-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cool kid going through high stress times


    Have you listened to any of Jack Gantos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as the others


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me cry and laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deadra Atlanta, GA, United States 03-19-12
    Deadra Atlanta, GA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved every minute of it."
    Would you listen to Dead End in Norvelt again? Why?

    Every member of my family enjoyed listening to Dead End In Norvelt. Gantos tells a great story.


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