Dead End in Norvelt

By Gantos, Jack

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ISBN
978-0-37437-993-3
Publisher
Farrar


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Library Journal

Reviewed on September 15, 2011

As a young teen, I was plagued by nosebleeds, so I had much sympathy for Jackie Gantos, the 12-year-old protagonist of this "entirely true" and "wildly fictional" story, set in 1962. Jackie's nose starts to gush if he so much as thinks a bad thought. Grounded for the summer, he reluctantly goes to work for Miss Volker, the town's arthritic medical examiner (cum-historian, cum-obituary writer), who...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

on onSeptember 15, 2011  |  Booksmack!

As a young teen, I was plagued by nosebleeds, so I had much sympathy for Jackie Gantos, the 12-year-old protagonist of this "entirely true" and "wildly fictional" story, set in 1962. Jackie's nose starts to gush if he so much as thinks a bad thought. Grounded for the summer, he reluctantly goes to work for Miss Volker, the town's arthritic medical examiner (cum-historian, cum-obituary writer), who...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2011

Gr 5–8—In 1962, Jack accidentally discharges his father's war relic, a Japanese rifle, and is grounded for the summer. When a neighbor's arthritic hands get the best of her, his mother lifts the restriction and volunteers the 12-year-old to be the woman's scribe, writing obituaries for the local newspaper. Business is brisk for Miss Volker, who doubles as town coroner, and Norvelt's elderly females seem to be dropping like flies. Prone to nosebleeds at the least bit of excitement (until Miss Volker...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2011

Who but Jack Gantos would get a summer job typing up obituaries for his arthritic neighbor, the town's unofficial historian; have a best friend who "grew up in a house full of dead people"; and need to nurse a tender nose that sprays blood like "dragon flames"? And since "Death is not a lazy fellow" in 1962 Norvelt, Pennsylvania, Jack's summer job keeps him busy. The elderly citizens of this town founded by Eleanor Roosevelt are dropping like flies, and Jack's obituaries chronicle the history of the community,...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

In 1962 Norvelt, Pennsylvania (a town founded by Eleanor Roosevelt), Jack's summer job keeps him busy. Jack's work--typing up obitua...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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