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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
by Jack Gantos
I see that the reviews for this book are all over the place. I actually really enjoyed it. I don't think it is the best thing I ever read, but it is highly entertaining and a change from the angst-ridden books that often garner the Newbery Medal. It kind of reminded me of some of Richard Peck's books ("A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder")with the quirky characters and humorous situations. I had really enjoyed Mr. Gantos' Joey Pigza books, and this one follows that format of having a basically nice boy have to work his way out of the screwy situations life hands him. In those books and in this one, the father is often dealing with a lot of problems of his own, and the mother is the one holding things together. There is a lot of "boy humor" in this book, and I enjoyed that too. I could imagine my six-year-old grandson getting a real charge out of some of the situations (the hunting scene in particular----why is it that boys find passing gas so hilarious?). Early in the book, when Jack is sent to help his elderly neighbor and finds her with her hands in a steaming pot, I just cracked up. Really, some of this book is just laugh-out-loud funny. This is a book to read just for the fun of it----thank goodness!
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