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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.
My son read the book for a project he was doin in one of his classesPublished 1 month ago by Melissa Stevenson
I had to read this for a class. Very good book, very depressing. Glad the author found his way. Would recommend to parents of teenagers off to college who may not be able to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Law
Loved getting the back story on Jack's life. It makes his books real, lessons from experience. Writing comes from his life and soulPublished 5 months ago by Jane
The fast pace, blunt language and unflinching view of himself make the book both easy and hard to read. Read morePublished 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago by Madeline