Dead End in Norvelt (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Dead End in Norvelt (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Jack Gantos
     
 

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In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.  See more details below

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In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606319010
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
05/31/2013
Series:
Norvelt Series, #1
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
674
Sales rank:
1,207,829
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Dead End in Norvelt 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 123 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im 11 and i was looking for a fun, humorous book. This is just what i was looking for! This book was recommended by tons of my friends and teachers and i want to spread the word!!!!!! I recommend this book to everyone no matter what age!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started a new year at school and over the summer i had to read, Dead End in Norvelt for the book-report due on the first day of school. It sounded like a book that wouldn't be my cup of tea, but after reading the first few chapters, i stood uncorrected! Its filled with drama,humor,a big mystery,and other things that i don't want to spoil!! So if you belive me,than mabey try the free sample first and if you like it,then get the full book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a middle school librarian, I would highly recommend this story to those students who like realistic fiction. Students who struggle with reading and possibly behavior issues, will like this novel since it is about a middle-school boy, Jack Gantos, who gets into trouble in the quirky town of Norvelt. The characters are odd, unusual, and funny. This is a book to be read just for the fun of it, like all of his other books. Don't take yourself too seriously when you read this story! Boys who are not huge sci fi or fantasy fans will particularly be drawn to Jack. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot but the ending is satisfying even if it is expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the subject interesting even though I am 50. Which is not the target audience for this book. It held my attention and kept me reading even if I only had 20 minutes available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This amazing book is about a boy named Jack Gantos and his nose bleeds when he is scared,happy,nervous,or lying.His dad tells him to mow down his mom's cornfield that is for people that can't make food for themselves.So he gets grounded for the entire summer.The person who writes obituaries for the newspaper,Miss Volker, and she can't write anymore.So he does it for her.That summer a hells angel comes and curses the town.Everybody starts dying.Is it because of the curse?Read to find out. A great book!The cool part is the author is Jack Gantos and he had the nose bleed problem,too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 11 and i had to read this book for school, at first i thought it was really boring, but as i started to get into it, it was really good. This book is really funny, yet creepy. So i recomend this book for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read!Jack is a very relatable character and the story is VERY creative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it and loved it, but im not sure why, it ended after 200 pages. I know its just a problem with my nook but up until that, EPIC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book.good for ages between 9-14.lol in some parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.  In this book Jack is looking forward to a great summer vacation. Until he gets got using his dads hunting rifle and for sneaking out of his house without his permission. He gets grounded for the rest of the summer. He has to help his neighbor; Miss Volker. He also has a big problem with his nose. It bleeds a lot and the doctor doesn’t know how to fix it. Will Jack be able to “survive” his summer while being grounded?  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think it is a very good book. It is detailed and very interesting. The only thing that gave only 4 stars was there were parts were everybody was just talking and that was it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are certain books that are so good that i have to read them twice. This is one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack Gantos lives in a small town of Norvelt in southwestern Pennsylvania. His small utopian town is disappearing in front of his eyes. After shooting a rifle on accident he was grounded for the summer. All he does is build a bomb shelter and read history books, until he gets an awkward job, writing obituaries for Miss Volker, his neighbor. Now with an excuse to get out of the house, Jack visits Miss Volker almost every day. One day a big change happens. The cops do an autopsy on one of the cadavers and found it full poison. People start to accuse each other and the old Norvelt trust is broken. Not being able to do anything Jack tries to help Miss Volker with her obituaries. Will Norvelt return to its “golden age” of happiness? I think this book was okay. It was kind of dull but had some better sections through out it. It was very amusing to see Jack handle the situation he was in. the book was a great mystery novel to read to the class or by yourself. Anyone who enjoys mysteries and has a good reading skill should read this book
mjr64 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. My son (12) and I both read this book and we chuckled alot. The characters were fun and we learned a few interesting historical facts along the way. We will definitely be reading other books by Jack Gantos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should definitely buy this because I love it. If you like it or not, just please read at least some because it is very good book that me and my family all love. :)!!!! Peace out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher is reading this book to the class and everyone loves it it has moments that keep you on the end of your seat. we are about half way through an i love it i may even go out and buy a copy for my self to read again after our class finishes it. I give it five stars. I recemend buying this book you wont regreat it i swear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book isnt rrally mr itd likr so totaaly good like oh cheese like oh yes i finally found a book that i can understand ir a book that ii finally like i kind of hate reading no matter what no offendr to my kanguage arts and reading teacher but i hate reading. Its like so totally wierand now i pretty much love reading because of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have 30 pages left and i still find it boring. It seems more like a book for a boy not a girl. People should at least try the sample because everyone has different tastes. This book was an easy read and good for easy summer reading if you are an advanced reader like me. I read the harry potter seiries which makes rhis book seem less enjoyable to me but maybe not for you. Hug and bugs too, anonumous.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
The weird just got weirder. The quirkiness and oddities of the town Jack is living in makes for some fun bits and pieces. Not one of the characters is dull or mundane, everyone is eccentric and interesting. At times I felt that his parents were horrible people for the way they let their son get into trouble when it was their fault and not his own - that was really bothersome that it never changed. The plot was where the problem was with this story. Because everything is about the oddity of the town and the people living in it, the plot.which I didn't even really realize was there till the end.was buried underneath everything else. The story moves around without much rhyme or reason and the characters do not show any growth or change or any intentions of doing anything differently. While it had fun parts to read, there was nothing to walk away from this book with. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
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This book is so well written-LOVE IT! ...No wonder it got 2 awards :) Highly reccommend.
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I love this book and the second book is good as well :})
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