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“This is a brilliant book, full of history, mystery, and laughs. It reminded me of my small-town childhood, although my small town was never as delightfully weird as Norvelt.” —Dave Barry
“A bit of autobiography works its way into all of Gantos’s work, but he one-ups himself in this wildly entertaining meld of truth and fiction by naming the main character . . . Jackie Gantos.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fast-paced and witty read.” —School Library Journal
“A more quietly (but still absurdly) funny and insightful account of a kid’s growth, kin to Gantos’s Jack stories, that will stealthily hook even resistant readers into the lure of history.” —BCCB
“This winning novel, both humorous and heartwarming, takes place during the summer of 1962, when narrator Jack Gantos turns 12 and spends most of his days grounded. Jack’s main ‘get out of jail free card,’ and one of the novel’s most charming characters, is Miss Volker. The blossoming of their friendship coincides with the blooming of Jack's character.” —Shelf Awareness Pro
“There’s more than laugh-out-loud gothic comedy here. This is a richly layered semi-autobiographical tale, an ode to a time and place, to history and the power of reading.” —The Horn Book, starred review
“Gantos, as always, delivers bushels of food for thought and plenty of outright guffaws.” —Booklist
“An exhilarating summer marked by death, gore and fire sparks deep thoughts in a small-town lad not uncoincidentally named ‘Jack Gantos.’ The gore is all Jack’s, which to his continuing embarrassment ‘would spray out of my nose holes like dragon flames’ whenever anything exciting or upsetting happens. And that would be on every other page, seemingly . . . Characteristically provocative gothic comedy, with sublime undertones.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Nobody can tell a story like Jack Gantos can. And this is a story like no other. It’s funny. It’s thoughtful. It’s history. It’s weird. But you don’t need me to attempt to describe it. Get in there and start reading Gantos.” —Jon Scieszka, founder of guysread.com and author of the Spaceheadz series
I would give this book a 4.5 star rating. It was a well written book with interesting characters. For instance Jack has a bloody nose whenever he gets excited. 4. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Teresa Labat
The protagonist, Jack Gantos, span of a few pages has angered his mother who grounds him for life or at the very least for the entire summer. Read morePublished 11 days ago by themadlibrarian
This is a fun and well-written book for kids. I bought it for my 10-year-old niece, who is trying to read all the Newberys. Read morePublished 27 days ago by J. W. B.
This book was for my daughter's summer reading. It was easy to read and understand.Published 1 month ago by Ben N. M.
I'm really surprised this book won the Newbery medal. Halfway through reading the I wondered, "Why in the heck am I reading this stupid book? Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. White
Improbable story filled with fun historical facts and moving obituaries. The obituaries are the real stars of this far fetched tale.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer