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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-chapter, for-boys
Read in December, 2011

In 1962, Norvelt is a dying town marked by dying people, but one whose history lives through those old enough to remember it. When young Jack Gantos is grounded for the summer because he ruined his mother’s charity crops and shot his father’s war gun, his recreational outlets are limited to reading history books and typing obituaries dictated by the town crazy, Miss Volker. Jack Gantos writes a carefully plotted book without feeling contrived. The book is steeped in themes of history, death, and learning from the past, but the misadventures and humor will appeal to many. Boys will be particularly interested in this book. At times weird and surprising, Jack Gantos has written a masterful story.

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