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Jack Gantos


(John Bryan Gantos, Jr.)
USA flag (b.1951)

Mr. Gantos is known nationally for his educational creative writing and literature presentations to students and teachers. He is a frequent conference speaker, university lecturer, and in-service provider.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
Non fiction
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Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2001) : Joey Pigza Loses Control
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2003) : Hole in My Life
Newbery Medal Best Novel winner (2012) : Dead End in Norvelt


Jack Gantos recommends
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The Chicken Dance (2007)
Jacques Couvillon
"Full of brilliant details... Like having Napolean Dynamite and Frank Perdue as your best friends."
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Nothing But Blue (2013)
Lisa Jahn-Clough
"A girl with no memory, a magical dog, train-hoppers, and a boy named Snake make this suspenseful book a stand-out read!"
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Bones of a Saint (2021)
Grant Farley
"Grant Farley's Bones of a Saint has the gritty, filmic quality of small time Orson Wells border hoods meets S.E Hinton good-boy-gone-wrong sincerity. It's an atmospheric read--more like you are stuck in a box full of rocks than in a book--a niche world of small gains with tragic consequences. The story reads fast and tight and colorful and your eyes always feel low to the ground. The dusty landscape and every object and every person, and even hope itself, pulls you forward toward an ending which is like the sting of a scorpion. You may not see yourself in this book, but the book never lets you out of its sight."

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