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Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos

Awards*(2014) Young Reader Finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize and Tulsa Library Trust’s Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature forThe Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza *(2012) Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction for Dead End in Norvelt*(2002) Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Silbert honor for Hole in My Life*(2001) Newbery Honor book for Joey Pigza Loses ControlNewbery Award Winner *(1998) National Book Award Finalist for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Jack Gantos has a knack for finding the humor in life. Although his childhood was difficult, attending ten different schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, he learned to make the best of each place he lived—and to turn his stories into award-winning books. Throughout his years growing up, although where he lived changed, two things remained constant: his love of reading and writing. Jack credits his sister for the start of his interest in writing. As a child, he secretly read her diary and decided he could write something more interesting. He asked his mother for his own diary, where he recorded what he observed from spying on and listening to neighbors and teachers. From there, his love of writing began. Although Jack wrote all through high school, it wasn’t until he went to college that he realized how important it was for him to write about subjects he knew. He began taking pieces from his life and integrating them into his books. The result was his first book, Rotten Ralph. Jack has been writing ever since, as a college professor and, later, as a professional writer. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.


Want to Learn More? 1. www.jackgantos.com2. http://app.mackin compendium.com/author interview/jackgantos.html3. "Jack Gantos: Seriously Funny" by Wesley Adams in Horn Book Magazine, Jul/Aug2012, Vol. 88 Issue 4, p53- 57; 5p,2012, 5p.4. http://www.adlit.org/authors/Gantos/

The Rotten Ralph Series1. Rotten Ralph: After getting booted out of his house for bad behavior, Ralph's homeless journey makes him reconsider his ways.2. Rotten Ralph Helps Out: When Ralph's new owner Sarah needs help with her project, Ralph decides to help out; instead, typical Ralph fashion, he makes things worse.The Norvelt Series1. Dead End in Norvelt: In an attempt to escape his house after he's been "grounded for life," Jack is "volunteered" to help his neighbor, Miss Volker, type up obituaries from people in his town. Jack discovers that there have been some mighty quirky people with unusual stories who live in Norvelt.2. From Norvelt to Nowhere: Jack and Miss Volker are on another adventure to see Eleanor Roosevelt's grave when they get bad news that sends them in a different direction, which involves harpoons, pistols, and creepy bathrooms!The Jack Henry Adventures1. Jack Adrift: When Jack's father joins the Navy, the family has to move to Cape Hatteras, where Jack falls in love with his new teacher, becomes the principal's spy, and tries to make friends in a new place.2. Jack on the Tracks: Jack's family has moved again, this time to Miami, where he finds himself trying to tolerate his annoying siblings and his new habit of obsessing about disgusting things like tapeworms and cockroaches. 3. Heads or Tails: Jack is a sixth grader in Florida, although he's already lived in nine different houses. He's trying to survive wacky neighbors, his crazy family, and a killer alligator in the canal behind his house.The Joey Pigza Series1. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key: Joey is out of control in and out of school. Although his medication is supposed keep him calm, it isn't working. It's not until Joey is transferred to another school that he is able to start getting the help he needs. 2. Joey Pigza Loses Control: After making progress with his new medication and strategies, Joey's mom gives him permission to visit his Dad for the first time in years. Joey realizes that his father is an adult version of his out-of-control self, and spending the summer with him could send both of them spiraling in the wrong direction.

A Few of Jack's Books!

An Interview with Jack

Jack talks about reading


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