Summer Reading Book Review: Deadend in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos is not a newcomer to writing teen fiction.  He is the author of the JOEY PIGZA SERIES,which is really funny.  Dead End in Norvelt is the first of this series, and is just as entertaining.  Here is some more info on this funny book.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents for what seems like forever.

But escape comes where Jack least expects it, once he begins helping an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore—a chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, obituaries, Hells Angels, and countless bloody noses. (


About the Author: Jack Gantos was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in a town cald Norvelt.  He has lived in different places and has a very upside down view on life. An example: when he was a kid one of his favorite games was to pretend his clothes where on fire and went rolling down the hill to save himself, and his favorite reading spot was a broken down bookmobile behind a ball field. (

This author has a pretty funny imagination. Check out his website to find out more about his books and author information.