Dead End in Norvelt : Norvelt

  • by Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by Jack Gantos
  • Series: Norvelt
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the John Newbery Metal for the best children's book of 2011.
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore - typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels... and possibly murder.
Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.

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credit worthy

Original, entertaining and funny. Norvelt is an amusing story that could be recommended to anyone at any age.
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- colleen

Read a young adult book with excellent writiing

Where does Dead End in Norvelt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The chraacters are charming. Imaginie the protagonist beiing grounded for the whole summer except when he gos to help an elderly lady who writes obits. She is a fabulous writer, we shoul all have such a gifted writer. She iincludes significent history among her writings, historical facts you will enjoy remembering and surprised you'd forgotten. Norvlt is a real place and you ned to know what it means.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack and Miss Volker--together they make the story roll.


What about Jack Gantos’s performance did you like?

He has a gift for humor and plays on words. You won't put this book down or begin to think about how small towns begin to meet their demise.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No film for this book


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- Dr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio