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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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Mar 28, 12

bookshelves: award-winning, family, newbery, juv-fiction
Read in March, 2012

I picked this up because it's the most recent recipient of the Newbery Award. I love Jack Gantos' "Joey Pigza" books, so I hoped I'd enjoy this one just as much. I was not disappointed--it's a heartwarming, funny book that gives a glimpse into a little known aspect of American history. Written as a fictionalized memoir, the story is about the author's life growing up in a the small community of Norvelt (named after EleaNOR RooseVELT). Mrs. Roosevelt founded the city on the principles of communal living, bartering and the idea that everyone deserves a good chance in life. However, that was several decades before the book takes place, and at the time of the story, Norvelt is slowly dying out. The author's knack for comedic writing, as well as his ability to portray the wily mind of a 12 year old boy made this story perfect. I would recommend to kids and adults alike...so good!
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