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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
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Dec 05, 12

bookshelves: rdg-4050
Read in September, 2012

Because he was caught in the middle of his parents' war, Jack was grounded his whole summer, and his only reprieve was when he was able to go down to Ms. Volker's house and help her type the obituaries. Their usually quiet town becomes the topic of gossip when all of the original founders start suddenly dying off, and it is up to Jack and Ms. Volker to figure out why.
How I would use with students

There are multiple ways in which one could use Dead End in Norvelt. The text provides many opportunities for learning some vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to students (example: sinister, feral, and noxious, to name a few). Students can also select a date, and after researching historical events, they could write their own “This Day in History” column.
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