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From Norvelt to Nowhere

Jack Gantos.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780374379940
Pages/Publication Date 278/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54507
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(A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013) In this hilarious follow-up to the 2012 Newbery Medal winner Dead End in Norvelt, for readers 11 and up, 12-year-old Jack Gantos is propelled into a new adventure after an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of Norvelt's founder. What was supposed to be a sojourn to honor Eleanor Roosevelt turns into something altogether different, as Jack's slightly batty elderly mentor Miss Volker takes him hundreds of miles out of the way on her relentless pursuit of oddball outlaw Mr. Spitz. Gantos again blends the entirely true and the wildly fictional in this raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

"Gantos employs gothic humor, scene-crafting mastery, and Jack's querulous voice to offer a wild and challenging road-trip novel, murder mystery, meditation on American history, and love story all in one."—Horn Book

"Gantos's sequel to his Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt offers less history, more murder, and another hefty helping of zaniness."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Gantos picks up where Dead End in Norvelt left off. Mr. Spitz is on the run and Miss Volker is the last Norvelt old lady remaining. In the wake of three momentous deaths, young Jack finds himself rushed from one uproarious adventure to another. Accompanying Miss Volker, he traverses the country ostensibly to memorialize Eleanor Roosevelt and Miss Volker's sister. Little does he know, however, that Miss Volker has another agenda. Even though she claims to be a pacifist, she becomes more bloodthirsty at each stop in her efforts to catch the murderous Mr. Spitz. Along the way she teaches Jack (and readers) about the history of the country in colorful and enlightening ways. The book is fast paced and laced with both history lessons and hilarity. The characters, who were so well developed in the first book, return…. Fans of Dead End in Norvelt will love reading more about young Jack Gantos and his pal, Miss Volker."—School Library Journal

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