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From Norvelt to nowhere de Jack Gantos
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From Norvelt to nowhere (edició 2013)

de Jack Gantos

Sèrie: Norvelt (2)

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After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.
Membre:rhowens
Títol:From Norvelt to nowhere
Autors:Jack Gantos
Informació:New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2013.
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Etiquetes:children-s-chapter-book

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From Norvelt to Nowhere de Jack Gantos

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The sequel to 2011’s Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt is just as laugh-out-loud wacky as the first. Jack teams up again with old Miss Volker, the last original old lady in Norvelt (now appearing to be approaching senility in fits and starts), and this time they’re on a road trip to catch a murderer whose MO is poisoning old ladies with Girl Scout Cookies. Just one teensy problem arises on the way: they’re not exactly certain who the murderer is, or what to do when they catch him (or her)…

Along the journey they have to contend with a fall into a septic tank (but I thought it was a bomb shelter!), Miss Volker’s stiff claw hands (only viable when she heats them up), Jack’s constant nosebleeds (strong enough to break through Miss Volker’s “cure” from the first book), and a couple of folks who seem to be after them with intent to kill.

There were a handful of moments when I lost the storyline for a couple paragraphs because the narration was a little bit confusing. But the bizarre situations, the Miss Volkerized historical mini-lessons, and the outrageous, dark humor were all there. Don’t expect to find yourself in Norvelt again…but definitely prepare for another wild ride at the hands of Jack Gantos.

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Gantos (the author) attempts to parallel the story to Moby-Dick and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but it creates a little bit of narrative chaos and pulls Miss Volker out of character. Also, I didn't really feel like the characters developed very soundly. Seems like the plot tightness of the first book was this time sacrificed for additional humor. But shoot...it is pretty dang funny. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
I was very disappointed by this book. Dead End in Norvelt made me believe that the events in it actually happened, even if they were a bit exaggerated. This book had me doubting every word. Jack had a lot of character growth in the first book, he didn't grow at all in this one. Miss Volker was a lot of fun in the last book, in the sequel she is just unpleasant. Bunny was a fun character, but she was barely in this book.

This book was a fun, quick read, but it was a disappointment compared with the last one. ( )
  ComposingComposer | Jun 1, 2016 |
humorous
read for a grass roots challenge....
couldn't get much closer to home

3.5 ★ ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 5, 2016 |
This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning novelDead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes, inFrom Norvelt to Nowhere, a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

APublishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
  lkmuir | Nov 30, 2015 |
This was just as crazy and funny as the first book in the series. I've heard that parts of this are inspired by the authors life and I definitely found myself wondering which parts b/c it was just so over the top at certain points. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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