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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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Dec 27, 11

bookshelves: ya-2011, mock-newbery-2011, tag-2012-13, waw-2013-14
Read on December 27, 2011

Dead End in Norvelt offers up a historical comedy that chronicles one summer in the life of young Jack Gantos living in Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Gantos writes a funny, off-beat, and nostalgic tale about childhood growing up in the shadows of World War II, a simpler time in many ways, but also one marked by impending change. You have to like a character who loves "to sniff the insides of books...Because each one has its own special perfume." And who firmly believes that "history isn't dead. It's everywhere you look. It's alive." This book might appeal to tween/teen readers if they can appreciate the humor, history, and mystery. It's not action packed, but it is chock full of many interesting historical tidbits and oddball characters. Good recommendation for historical fiction though not in a strict definition of the genre perhaps. Definitely a period piece. It was easy to imagine this being narrated much in the way that the films "A Christmas Story, "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and "Stand By Me" are voiced by the adult character.
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message 1: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Sorensen Yeah, could be great for the interested teen reader. Nice review.

message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben L true good

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