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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.
Gantos is a great author; he is a very straightforward writer and a phenomenal story teller.
It showed how even good people can get caught up in stupid things for money, like the main character, Jack, in this book.
There's much for young people to learn from Gantos's story, and accolades are deserved for his candid telling.
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 3 days 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 5 days ago by hinney44
In college, book was an assignment and uttter garbage about an idiot who goes for a pie in the sky deal, gets busted and wants you to feel sorry for him. A waste of time and moneyPublished 24 days ago by Wendell Jones
YA literature is full of cautionary tales, the fictional stories that say "don't do this behavior."
So many of them are abominably written. Read more
It was in great condition and the book was an awesome read. I needed it for a class and I got it on audible.It was easier to read that way!!!Published 28 days ago by Tiffany Hawkins
It arrived as indicated so I had plenty of time to read it.This was a required summer readinbook that I needed for school.Published 1 month ago by Janet
A fun book to read, and it packs a powerful message. I'm a total fan from "Rotten Ralph" through Joey Pigsah and "Dead End in Norvelt" right up to "Hole in my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathryn G
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's hard to believe that this was the life of the author of Rotten Ralph!Published 1 month ago by E. Escott
Great book!! I used this for school and it helped me alot! Good shape and condition!
Looked super brand new even when the description says used!