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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

DeadEndNorvelt2Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt is a semi-autobiographical novel by the author Jack Gantos.  So, it is not a true autobiography, rather it is a work of fiction based on real events and things from Jack Gantos’ life.  At the beginning of the book, we meet Jack who is twelve-years-old in the summer of 1962.  He lives with his parents in the small town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania.  Jack’s summer is not off to a good start, though.  He accidentally shot off his father’s Japanese rifle in the backyard and has been grounded for the entire summer.  Jack is not allowed to leave his house at all for the whole summer, but there is a stipulation.  He can leave to help out his elderly, arthritic neighbor Miss Volker.  Due to Miss Volker’s arthritis, she has a hard time using her hands so she needs Jack to help her out around the house and also with her duties as town coroner.  As the coroner, Miss Volker needs Jack to drive her to wherever there is a dead body in town and he also helps her by typing up the town’s obituaries.  Jack expects that his summer is going to be a boring one.  Let’s face it, how many people are going to wind up dead in one summer?  But Jack’s summer is anything but boring!  First, the old ladies of Norvelt are dropping dead one after another and this leads to a murder mystery investigation.  Jack’s father also decides to restore an old plane, Jack has a run in with the Hell’s Angels, and there are house fires and nosebleeds galore!  And that’s not even half the story!

Dead End in Norvelt is a great read for summer.  It’s an easy read that is laugh out loud hilarious.  If you love to laugh and enjoy weird stories, then click here to find Dead End in Norvelt at the Library!

Also, check out this interview with Jack Gantos where he describes more about writing Dead End in Norvelt and how it is based on some real things from Jack’s life and why he wanted to write this story.

2011 Debut Author Interviews

2011 saw some great authors debut their first novels for teens.  This includes Cris Beam’s I Am J, Hannah Harrington’s Saving June, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara DyerPublisher’s Weekly has interviewed four authors who write for teens who had their debut novel published in 2011.  Check out the interviews by clicking the links below:



Click here to read Wendy Wunder’s interview, author of The Probability of Miracles.  Click here to find The Probability of Miracles in the Library.

 

 

 

 



Click here to read Robison Wells’ interview, author of Variant. Click here to find Variant in the Library.

 

 

 

 


Click here to read Rae Carson’s interview, author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.  Click here to find The Girl of Fire and Thorns in the Library.

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read Marie Lu’s interview, author of Legend.  Click here to find Legend in the Library.

Marie Lu Talks About Legend

Legend is the latest hot dystopian novel to hit the shelves.  It was published in November and even before it appeared on bookshelves it had a movie deal.  The author, Marie Lu, has a pretty interesting background as a director for a video game company and says that the idea for Legend came to her while she was watching Les Miserables.

To read more about Lu’s background in video games, click here to read her interview with EW’s Shelf Life.

To read more about the her inspiration for Legend, click here to read her interview with MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog.

Click here to find Legend in the Library!

Fan of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium?

The blogs Hollwood Crush and The FABlife (both part of the MTV network) have declared this week Dystopian Week. This week they will have interviews, reviews, and guest blogs celebrating all things dystopia.

Today both Hollywood Crush and The FABlife each have interviews with Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium.

Click here to get to the Hollywood Crush interview, where Oliver talks about the upcoming sequel to Delirium, entitled Pandemonium.  Also check out the cover!:

pandemonium book cover

Click here to get to The FABlife interview where Oliver talks about translating here book, Delirium, to the big screen.

Click here to find Delirium in the Library!

2 Author Interviews

Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors and what inspired them to write?  Then check out two really interesting author interviews below:

Click here to read PW’s Interview with Colleen Houck, author of the Tiger’s Curse series. Click here to find Tiger’s Curse in the Library.

 

Click here to read EW’s Shelf Life interview with Tahereh Mafi, author of Shatter Me.  Click here to find Shatter Me in the Library.