Joey Pigza Loses Control

Joey Pigza Loses Control
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-07-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780374706159

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The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist. When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds. Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind. He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world. Here is the continuation of the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family. This title has Common Core connections. Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-07-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781429936262

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"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired." Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen. In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. This title has Common Core connections. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Hole in My Life

Hole in My Life
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2002-03-26
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN: 0374706107

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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. This title has Common Core connections. Hole in My Life is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

The Trouble in Me

The Trouble in Me
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-09-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9780374303457

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This fiery autobiographical novel captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, as the author reveals the moment he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the memoir Hole in My Life. Set in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of his family's latest rental home, The Trouble in Me opens with an explosive encounter in which Jack first meets his awesomely rebellious older neighbor, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft. Instantly mesmerized, Jack decides he will do whatever it takes to be like Gary. As a follower, Jack is eager to leave his old self behind, and desperate for whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing might happen next. But he may not be as ready as he thinks when the trouble in him comes blazing to life. This title has Common Core connections.

From Norvelt to Nowhere

From Norvelt to Nowhere
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-09-24
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780374324742

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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

Joey Pigza Loses Control Lit Link Gr 4 6

Joey Pigza Loses Control Lit Link Gr  4 6
Author: Jack Gautos
Publsiher: On The Mark Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2002
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781770722699

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Writing Radar

Writing Radar
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-08-29
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780374304577

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The Newbery Award–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical creative writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book. With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos's own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who—many unwittingly—inspired Gantos's own writing career.

Jack Adrift Fourth Grade Without a Clue

Jack Adrift  Fourth Grade Without a Clue
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2005-08-11
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0374706131

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From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight side-splitting stories about a boy who is doing his best to keep his head above water As the Henry family sets sail for a new life on Cape Hatteras, fourth-grader Jack is struggling to chart a course between his parents' contradictory advice on making friends and influencing people. Just tell people what they want to hear, Dad advises. Just tell the truth, Mom cautions. Jack finds there are no easy answers as he drifts through his crazy school year, falling desperately in love with his young teacher, getting suckered into becoming a bad-behavior spy for the principal, and being forced to make a presentable pet out of a duck with backward feet. Indeed, with an airheaded, air-guitar-playing neighbor the closest thing to a friend, and a judgmental older sister his relentless enemy, it's all he can do to stay afloat. This colorful and comic new collection of interrelated stories featuring the author's hapless alter ego is the first of five books in the Jack Henry series, praised by Booklist for their "hilarious, exquisitely painful, and utterly on-target depiction" of a boy's life. This title has Common Core connections.

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2008-06-24
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9781466824751

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On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with her mother. The discovery reveals a disturbing side to the eccentric lives of family friends Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh, known throughout their small western Pennsylvania town simply as the Twins. It seems that Ab and Dolph have been compelled by a powerful mutual love for their deceased mother to do something extraordinary, something that in its own twisted way bridges the gap between the living and the dead. Immediately, Ivy's discovery provokes the revelation of a Rumbaugh family curse, a curse that, as Ivy will learn over the coming years, holds a strange power over herself and her own mother. In his third book for young adults, Jack Gantos has scripted a completely original drama. With gothic flavor and black humor, he depicts a group of people bound together by love, compulsion . . . and a passion for taxidermy.

Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-09-13
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781429962506

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Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.

I Can Handle It 2

I Can Handle It 2
Author: Laurie Wright
Publsiher: Mindful Mantras
Total Pages: 36
Release: 2019-09-24
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1989123104

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"Can Sebastien handle it all? Of course he can, with the help of a mindful mantra! He can handle watching his sister open presents, a crowd of people at his house and he can even handle eating unfamiliar food! With mindful problem solving, he can handle it all! Help your child or students handle the range of emotions that accompany growing up and provide a coping tool to last their lifetimes. Emotions are tricky and hard to handle when you're small, and kids need our help! Mindful Mantras equip children with necessary skills in order to cope with big feelings that arise every day, and the knowledge that they CAN handle it all."--Back cover.

Jack s Black Book

Jack s Black Book
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2010-06-08
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781429978118

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From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, the uproarious final volume of Jack Henry stories According to his new motto—A WRITER'S JOB IS TO TURN HIS WORST EXPERIENCES INTO MONEY—Jack Gantos's alter ego Jack Henry is going to be filty rich even before he gets out of junior high, for his life is filled with the worst experiences imaginable. For instance, in the course of the few months covered in this closing cycle of interlinked stories, Jack is humiliated by a gorgeous syncronized swimmer, gets a tattoo the size of an ant on his big toe, flubs an IQ test and nearly fails wood shop, and has to dig up his dead dog not once but twice. And that's not the half of it! At the close of this final book of semi-autobiographical stories, Jack may not end up rolling in dough, but he will prove once again "a survivor, an ‘everyboy' whose world may be wacko but whose heart and spirit are eminently sane" (School Library Journal). This title has Common Core connections.

Half Magic

Half Magic
Author: Edward Eager
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1999
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0152020683

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Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Big Mouth Ugly Girl

Big Mouth   Ugly Girl
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-10-13
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9780061756221

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Big Mouth No I did not. I did not, I did not. I did not say those things, and I did not plan those things. Won't It anyone believe me? Ugly Girl All right, Ugly Girl made a mistake. I'd told my mom what I'd heard in the cafeteria, and she'd told Dad. Evidently. I'd thought for sure they would want me to speak up for the truth.

Jack s New Power

Jack s New Power
Author: Jack Gantos
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 224
Release: 1995-09-19
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781429936323

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Jack Henry has moved to the island of Barbados with his offbeat family and his secret diary. But still he can't escape his penchant for wacky misadventure. Because of a headless chicken, he gets a violent case of blood poisoning. In a pepper-eating contest with his father, he discovers the perils of male bonding. And then he has his heartstrings twanged by an older woman who just happens to be his sister's best friend. These are just a few of his trials and tribulations in these eight fierce and funny stories, based on the author's own childhood diaries. This title has Common Core connections.