Norvelt

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 291 ratings

Dead End in Norvelt Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Dead End in Norvelt

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • credit worthy

    • By colleen on 03-21-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • From Norvelt to Nowhere

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal–winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town’s founder, 12-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it. <br />

    • By Bald Bass Man on 09-20-18

    Regular price: $20.99