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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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Mar 24, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, middle-school-fiction

Newbery winner for 2012. I wanted to listen to this because Jack Gantos reads it himself, but I think it would actually have been better in print or with a young actor. Part memoir, part fiction, this is the story of Jack's summer of being grounded for mowing down his mother's corn field to make a landing strip for his father's new airplane. The charm of this book is in the characters as much as the plot, which kind of lags until the old ladies of the town start dying off. Coincidence, or murder? Historical fiction with some humor in the vein of Richard Peck.
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Patience Thomas I, too, enjoyed and because it kept me so entertained as I drove from RI I gave it a 5 star. I laughed out loud in parts.


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