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Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

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.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on September 13, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374379939
ISBN-13: 9780374379933
49 Book Reviews
  • kenzieg
    kenziegTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm55 stars
    I loved it a lot! And if I were to write an oral report about any book....I`d choose this one! I think u would really enjoy this book as well.
    • daddysblue
      daddysblueWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:55 am
      • 10jk
        10jkWednesday, April 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm
        This book is really good. It's about this boy named Jack who is grounded for the summer and his mom hires him out to his neighbor, Ms. Volker, who has arthritis in her hands so that she can't write the obituaries she writes for her job. She makes jack her scribe and they become friends. It turns out that all of the old original "Norvelters", are dying, and Jack and Ms. Volker have to find out why.
        • kam
          kamWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:51 am55 stars
          cooooooooooooooooooooooool book ever
          • ronThursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:54 am
            cool book
            • fadibutrus123
              fadibutrus123Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm
              i like it
              • LILY!!!Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 10:23 am
                AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!
                • sportsguy1
                  sportsguy1Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm
                  This is a very humorous book. I love it: )!!!
                  • rozeb
                    rozebMonday, September 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm33 stars
                    I really liked it.
                    • sankk
                      sankkMonday, September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm55 stars
                      What turns out to be a simple autobiography, will unfold to a surprising story of Jack Gantos as a young boy. This book will have you begging for more.