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Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.
Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Norvelt. When he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack's writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers' lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.
While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack's career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children's books and began to teach courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He developed the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.
What a great book! Wasn't sure how it was going to end - which is a good thing.Published 8 days ago by Nancy from Atlanta
Good book. There is some slow parts in the book, but it is a great book altogether. I'd reccomend it to kids 11-14.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you love to laugh this is the book for you The storyline is so good you will never want to putt it down !Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. I recommend it all the time. It has something to hook many different readers--historical, realistic, mystery, gross-out (bloody noses!) and more.Published 1 month ago by School Librarian
I read this book because I had nothing else to read. I had seen it years ago and was not interested. I am still not very interested, as a result I did not like this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maci and Zoe Read Books
Interesting read for the kids. The story to fun and entertaining with bits of history woven throughout.Published 1 month ago by CatGirl
My daughter who s 11 with a 12 grade reading level. Really enjoyed the book. It is always hard to find books that challenge her reading level that is age appoprate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rena klontz
Loved this book. Of course it helped knowing where everything was. My home town is only about 4 miles away from Norvelt.Published 2 months ago by Carol M. Humbrecht