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Gantos, best known for his award-winning Joey Pigza titles, mines darker material here that is as deeply compelling as his lighter fare. Using short, meaty sentences, Gantos manages to write in a way that dismisses the dubious "romance" of prison, drugs, and "life on the edge" without ever sounding didactic or heavy-handed. Older teens will appreciate his candor and sheer willingness to give them the straight story. Vigorously recommended. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book was written very well.
I have a reason for liking this book; I can relate to some of the things he has done in his life and always wanted to do something like what he did in the story.
There's much for young people to learn from Gantos's story, and accolades are deserved for his candid telling.
The fast pace, blunt language and unflinching view of himself make the book both easy and hard to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Brook
this was a very good, well written book. Jack gantos' story is truly amazing, and all that live intriguing and adventure filled stories should readPublished 1 month ago by Ethan Sorensen
Fantastic novel depicting the life of author Jack Gantos and how he ended up in prison after peddling hash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daley Report
This book should be required reading for all at-risk boys in their teens. I heard Jack Gantos speak at a conference and immediately went out to buy this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Madeline
One of the first books that I read the whole thing. I would recommenced to anyone who's looking for a kinda thriller like.Published 7 months ago by Maria Guadalupe Dominguez
The story was kind of slow at the beginning, but it got way better towards the end. I like how it talked about the violence and not afraid to talk about drugs and what not.Published 7 months ago by Drew
this books gives an inmates experience of some of the horrible things he encounters wihile in prison. Great read for everyone.Published 7 months ago by hinney44