Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dead End in Norvelt

By Jack Gantos, 341 pages

This current Newbery winner has been reviewed and discussed at length, so I won't spend a lot of time on it. This is is a summer vacation gone wrong story is set in the sixties and details the misadventures of Jack, who between his somewhat eccentric parents and constantly bleeding nose seems to never have a normal day. When he is volunteered by his mother to assist his elderly neighbor write obituaries, he thinks things can't get any weirder, but the vacation is just beginning. People seem to be divided into two main camps over this book, those that love it and those that like it but don't think it deserved the medal. I'd be curious to know your thoughts!

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