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Jack Gantos

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Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written novels for adults, young adults and middle grade readers, as well as over 20 books for primary readers, including 12 titles chronicling the misadventures of Rotten Ralph. FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE, his sequel the Newbery Award-winning DEAD END IN NORVELT, will be published in September by Farrar, Strauss, Giroux Books for Young Readers.

Jack Gantos

Books by Jack Gantos

by Jack Gantos - Youth Fiction

Set in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of his family's latest rental home, THE TROUBLE IN ME opens with an explosive encounter in which Jack first meets his awesomely rebellious older neighbor, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft. Instantly mesmerized, Jack decides he will do whatever it takes to be like Gary. As a follower, Jack is eager to leave his old self behind, and desperate for whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing might happen next. But he may not be as ready as he thinks when the trouble in him comes blazing to life.

by Jack Gantos - Fiction

The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey just as he starts to get his feet on the ground. With his dad MIA in the wake of appearance-altering plastic surgery, Joey must give up school to look after his new baby brother and fill in for his mom, who hospitalizes herself to deal with a bad case of postpartum blues. As his challenges mount, Joey discovers a key that could unlock the secrets to his father’s whereabouts, a mystery that must be solved before Joey can even hope that his broken family might somehow come back together—if only it doesn’t pull him apart first.

Written by Jack Gantos with illustrations by Nicole Rubel
by Jack Gantos - Fiction

Jack’s plans for a vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents. But plenty of excitement is coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore --- typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town.