- Published: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 341 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 920
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Dead end in Norvelt
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In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
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Gantos does an excellent job drawing readers into the world of small-town Norvelt, causing his readers to care about the senior residents of the town and their history, as Jack learns to care as well. Jack and his problems are utterly relatable-- grounding, fighting parents, boredom-- but the unusual things that happen keep the book funny and exciting. History is naturally woven into the plot, and readers will learn without feeling lectured. Though the book could have benefited from a page or two at the end discussing the aspects that were true, particularly because the main character shares the same first and last name as the author, Dead End in Norvelt is still a winner.
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