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Hole in My Life

(1997)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book (nominee)
Becoming a writer the hard way

In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos - once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell - moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.

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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : USA Library Binding

Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 1-61383-453-5 / 978-1-61383-453-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 1-4352-3360-3 / 978-1-4352-3360-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-11
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September 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 1-4176-3908-3 / 978-1-4176-3908-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-7569-3197-5 / 978-0-7569-3197-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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July 2004 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-606-30859-8 / 978-0-606-30859-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-374-39988-3 / 978-0-374-39988-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-312-64157-5 / 978-0-312-64157-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Square Fish
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August 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): David W Moore, Deborah J Short, Michael W Smith, Alfred W Tatum
ISBN: 0-7362-3158-7 / 978-0-7362-3158-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: National Geographic School Pub
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March 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-7862-7337-2 / 978-0-7862-7337-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-09-947587-1 / 978-0-09-947587-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult)
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-374-43089-6 / 978-0-374-43089-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Audio Editions

February 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hole in My Life (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-307-28603-7 / 978-0-307-28603-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2003 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2003 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
Publisher: Listening Library
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July 2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-8072-1645-3 / 978-0-8072-1645-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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July 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Hole In My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0-8072-1644-5 / 978-0-8072-1644-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

March 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hole in My Life
Author(s): Jack Gantos
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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