Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End In Norvelt begins when 12-year-old Jack Gantos becomes grounded during the summer of 1962. As his punishment, he must help his elderly neighbor, Miss Volker, write obituaries for the town deaths. But as more and more eldery folk begin to die in the town, people begin to question, are they dying of natural causes or is there a possibility of foul play? Could the Hells Angels biker gang that has been terrorizing the town of Norvelt be responsible? Or the elderly Miss Volker? Although he's grounded, Jack ends up having a much more eventful summer than he ever thought possible.

This book connects well to Social Studies because Jack Gantos included many different aspects of Social Studies in his text. History is represented because with each obituary that Jack and Miss Volker write, they include "A Day in History" with events that happened on that particular day. Civics can be represented because the citizens of Norvelt hold high standards as to what a citizen looks like in this town, and everyone that lives here has certain responsibilities.

Connections to Social Studies

Dead End In NorveltBy: Jack Gantos


Although many students would be able to relate to Jack Gantos, many elements of his life are a bit overexaggerated. Many students could relate to getting grounded, most children would not be dealing with murders, Hells Angels, or Japanese war rifles during their summer break. However, many students could make a text-to-self connection with this book due to Jack's love for history, his desire to please others, and his struggle between listening to either his mom or his dad.

Misconceptions &Text-to-Self

If you loved Dead End in Norvelt, be sure to check out Jack Gantos' sequal, "From Norvelt to Nowhere," where Jack and Miss Volker head on a road trip. Who knows what could happen!

The History of the Town of Norvelt(Text-to-World)



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