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"Gantos' spare narrative style and straightforward revelation of the truth...will capture not only a reader's attention but also empathy and imagination. This is great for every aspiring writer and also a wonderful biography for teens struggling to discover their deepest, truest selves." (Booklist)
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By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17
Love for Gantos!
I was first introduced to the writing of Gantos when teaching a 6th Grade reading group book club with Dead End in Norvelt. I loved his writing and the book became a favorite to me and my students. I looked Gantos up and learned about his range of writings and was excited to read the adult literature. Gantos has a style that make a me 1. want to be a wider reader based on how he references specific authors and titles in his books that I've never read or knew, and 2. Want to read "Everything Gantos"
Keep writing Mr. Gantos! I love it!
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By Matt on 05-10-18
A great memoir from a great kids/YA author
I first read Hole in My Life when it came out. I was 12. I had read the Joey Pigza books in elementary school and the Jack Henry books in sixth grade and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was hungry for more. Naturally, when I discovered this book I begged my parents to buy it for me sight unseen. I was disappointed that it wasn't another Jack Henry book but I couldn't put it down. It was powerful and dangerous. I felt like I was peeking into the real world. I could scarcely believe what the man behind my favorite books had done. Had been through. It stuck with me and still does to this day. I've revisited this book often. Probably more than any other that I've read. If you were a fan of Jack Gantos as a child (or indeed at any point in your life), pick this one up. If you've never heard of the man, this is a solid memoir and worth your time.