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Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series) (2011 original; edició 2011)

de Jack Gantos (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series)
Autors:Jack Gantos (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2011), Edition: First, 352 pages
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Although the narrator's name is Jack Gantos, this isn't really a memoir. It's some fairly far-fetched fiction, a murder mystery set in the 1960s in a threadbare development called Norvelt (a real place in Pennsylvania!). The mystery, while it involves plenty of dead bodies and a fair amount of poison, isn't really the focus of the book; instead, the focus is on the relationships among the quirky characters--and on recurring historical ideas and forces. It's a fast read, at times not giving the reader a chance to rest, like many novels written for young people these days. I enjoyed it very much and may offer it as a literature circle option for my students. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
I enjoyed how history and the wisdom of his mother and friend were woven into the story. The ending didn't satisfy me, but if that's what happened... ( )
  Tammyhil | Mar 18, 2020 |
Some folks in Norvelt think the town is dying. But it’s just one of the many things that seem to be going belly up in Jack’s life during the summer of 1962.

At the beginning of the story, Jack watches his summer plans kick the bucket – he’s been grounded until school starts. So when his elderly neighbor wants his help typing obituaries, he jumps at the chance to get out of the house. Because of this “job” and the fact that his best friend’s dad owns the funeral parlor, Jack becomes aware that Norvelt’s original residents are dying off at an alarming rate. Also, a mysterious tattooed stranger is mowed down by a car while dancing down a Norvelt street, which draws a gang of angry motorcycle thugs to town. Even the life of a house comes to an end in a fire.

But somehow…this book is really funny. Jack glimpses death in such strange and often ridiculous ways that he slowly sheds his fear of it and begins to appreciate being alive. Also, the characters are quirky. Mr. Spizz, self-appointed citizen law enforcement, rides around on an adult tricycle, ticketing people for absurd things like their weeds being too high. Mrs. Volker has to cook her hands in hot wax to make them work. The kids’ baseball team only has five players, and they’re sponsored by the funeral parlor. And Jack’s nose spews blood at even the tiniest of surprises.

There is a mystery in this book, but it’s more of a backdrop for Jack’s personal journey. If you liked Okay for Now or A Long Way from Chicago, this is a great pick for you. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
No. The best quote in the book (and it is indeed quotable) is "You don't win a war by being nice." This story is not nice. It all just felt too sad to me: a kid punished by the conflict between his parents, in a town founded on ideals and dying of meanness. There are smart pointers on how to lie (add just the right amount of details)and odd descriptions of death. No, thank you. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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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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