Dead End in Norvelt

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"Dead End in Norvelt" by Jack Gantos is the story of mostly fictitious Jack Gantos and a crazy summer in his home town of Norvelt.

"Dead End in Norvelt" by Jack Gantos is the story of mostly fictitious Jack Gantos and a crazy summer in his home town of Norvelt. When Jack mows down his mother's corn field to make room for his dad's miniature airstrip, he gets a whole summer's grounding. Just when he's sure it can't get any worse, his mother lends him to their crazy old neighbor, Miss Volker. When he goes to Miss Volker's for the first time, he discovers he has the job of writing obituaries she composes. Through Miss Volker and the many strange jobs he helps her do, Jack learns a lot more than he bargained on.

 

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy ever-changing plots. This book, recommended for 10-14 year olds, may appeal more to boys; though girls will also enjoy it. All and all, "Dead End in Norvelt" is a great mix of adventure and mystery with a dash of humor.