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Starred Reviews for From Norvelt to Nowhere

“Fans of Dead End in Norvelt won’t want to miss this lively sequel.” —Booklist, starred review

“Gantos’s sequel to his Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt offers less history, more murder, and another hefty helping of zaniness.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Dollops of history and mystery, plus gross to wickedly barbed comical set pieces set in a talky, ambling, amiable odyssey.” —Kirkus Reviews

Jack Gantos at the 2013 Children’s Literature Summer Institute at Simmons College

The theme of the 2013 Children’s Literature Summer Institute was “Love Letters” and at the conclusion of the weekend, Jack Gantos spoke “about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives.” Read the full article on the Horn Book’s website.

Jack Gantos at BEA 2013!

Jack will be signing samplers of his upcoming book From Norvelt to Nowhere at Macmillan’s Booth on Thursday, May 30th at 10:30am!

See the full BEA Schedule!

Jack Gantos to Host ABFFE’s Children’s Art Auction at BEA 2013 with Lauren Myracle

Jack will be hosting the 2012 ABFFE Children’s Art Auction on Wednesday, May 29th at the River Pavilion in the Javits Center.

Learn more about the auction and Jack’s involvement on the ABFFE official website!

This Is Your Brain on Jack…at TLA 2013!

Jack Gantos was the Children’s Round Table Breakfast Speaker at TLA 2013. 300 people who attended the “This Is Your Brain on Jack”-themed event received a teacher edition of Dead End in Norvelt and a sampler of the upcoming Norvelt to Nowhere!

Dead End in Norvelt is awarded the 2012 Newbery Medal!

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. A full press release can be found on the ALA website, with a lost of all the honor and award books.

The American Library Association (ALA) today [January 23, 2012] announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Congrats to Jack Gantos!


Praise for Dead End in Norvelt!

“Nobody can tell a story like Jack Gantos can. And this is a story like no other. It’s funny. It’s thoughtful. It’s history. It’s weird. But you don’t need me to attempt to describe it. Get in there and start reading Gantos.” —Jon Scieszka, founder of and author of the Spaceheadz series

“This is a brilliant book, full of history, mystery, and laughs. It reminded me of my small-town childhood, although my small town was never as delightfully weird as Norvelt.” —Dave Barry

“A bit of autobiography works its way into all of Gantos’s work, but he one-ups himself in this wildly entertaining meld of truth and fiction by naming the main character… Jack Gantos.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“…there’s more than laugh-out-loud gothic comedy here. This is a richly layered semi-autobiographical tale, an ode to a time and place, to history and the power of reading.” —Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review

“Gantos, as always, deliver bushels of food for thought and plenty of outright guffaws…” —Booklist

“A fast-paced and witty read.” —School Library Journal

“…a more quietly (but still absurdly) funny and insightful account of a kid’s growth, kin to Gantos’ Jack stories, that will stealthily hook even resistant readers into the lure of history.” —BCCB

“This winning novel, both humorous and heartwarming, takes place during the summer of 1962, when narrator Jack Gantos turns 12 and spends most of his days grounded. Jack’s main ‘get out of jail free card,’ and one of the novel’s most charming characters, is Miss Volker. The blossoming of their friendship coincides with the blooming of Jack’s character.” —Shelf Awareness Pro