From Norvelt to Nowhere

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Macmillan, Sep 24, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 278 pages
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This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal–winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes, in From Norvelt to Nowhere, a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013

 

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User Review  - NicoleSch - LibraryThing

I was very disappointed by this book. Dead End in Norvelt made me believe that the events in it actually happened, even if they were a bit exaggerated. This book had me doubting every word. Jack had a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

This was just as crazy and funny as the first book in the series. I've heard that parts of this are inspired by the authors life and I definitely found myself wondering which parts b/c it was just so over the top at certain points. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Jack Gantos was raised in the town of Norvelt and now lives in Boston. In addition to his two Norvelt novels, he is also the acclaimed author of the Joey Pigza series, the Jack Henry story collections, and the many Rotten Ralph books.