Jack Gantos

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Jack Gantos is an American author of children's books renowned for his portrayal of fictional Joey Pigza, a boy with ADHD, and many other well known characters such as Rotten Ralph, Jack Henry, Jack Gantos (memoirs) and others. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery, the Newbery Honor, the Scott O'Dell Award, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Association, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award.

Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to son of construction superintendent John Gantos and banker Elizabeth (Weaver) Gantos. The seeds for Jack Gantos' writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could.
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Jack Gantos If you carved me into pieces I'd bee the sum of all my characters. I love them all. (glad you loved HOLE IN MY LIFE). I was in NYC today and drove by …moreIf you carved me into pieces I'd bee the sum of all my characters. I love them all. (glad you loved HOLE IN MY LIFE). I was in NYC today and drove by the Chelsea Hotel and the boat basin. I just smile to myself and keep on driving.jg(less)
Jack Gantos Hi Sarah, Do tell your brother that, as with "Joey Pigza" I often write about characters I find in real life. I get most of my ideas from observing th…moreHi Sarah, Do tell your brother that, as with "Joey Pigza" I often write about characters I find in real life. I get most of my ideas from observing the world very closely--and I find the world is full of great ideas wherever I look. The trick is to write about them. "Joey" is a great kid--and has a big heart and wild humor and good intentions. Sometimes his intentions result in disasters, but his heart is his compass and he intends to do well--and in the end, in THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA (the last Joey book), his intentions shine through. Thanks, Jack(less)
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Hi Sarah, Do tell your brother that, as with "Joey Pigza" I often write about characters I find in real life. I get most of my ideas from observing the world very closely--and I find the world is full of great ideas wherever I look. The trick is to w See Full Answer
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Sarah Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question Mr. Gantos. My brother and I both really appreciated it.
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Jack Gantos answered Ila M.'s question: Jack Gantos
Hi and thanks for your question. 9th grade is a pretty clever grade and a good time to get started writing with a purpose. I'm sure you have a writing journal, which is essential. I write all my books by hand in my journal. You don't have to, but hav See Full Answer
The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos
"Classic Gantos, I totally loved this - it is quite a wild ride with pyromania on almost every page. Oh, how a young man can be led astray. It's an incendiary roller coaster of a read with some of the craziest antics you could imagine . . . don't try " Read more of this review »
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“Someone once said anyone can be great under rosy circumstances, but the true test of character is measured by how well a person makes decisions during difficult times.”
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

“Since I was trying so hard to make books lead my life, I didn’t want to read them and then just put them back on the shelf and say, “good book,” as if I was patting a good dog. I wanted books to change me, and I wanted to write books that would change others.”
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

“Do you think I'm weird because I'm wired, or wired because I'm wierd?”
Jack Gantos, What Would Joey Do?
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