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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
   Willy's Raiders (1980)
   Zip Six (1996)
   Desire Lines (2004)
   The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006)
   The Trouble in Me (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Bloody Souvenir (2011) (with Jon Scieszka)
Picture Books show
Non fiction show
Jack Gantos recommends
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."
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!"

Books containing stories by Jack Gantos
Heroes & Villains (2017)
(Guys Read)
edited by
Jon Scieszka
Half-Minute Horrors (2011)
Instant Frights from the World's Most Astonishing Authors and Artists
edited by
Susan Rich
Guys Read: Funny Business (2010)
(Guys Read)
edited by
Jon Scieszka

2012 Newbery Medal : Dead End in Norvelt

Award nominations
2003 Michael L. Printz Award (nominee) : Hole in My Life
2001 Newbery Medal (nominee) : Joey Pigza Loses Control

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