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Jack Gantos

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Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written novels for adults, young adults and middle grade readers, as well as over 20 books for primary readers, including 12 titles chronicling the misadventures of Rotten Ralph. FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE, his sequel the Newbery Award-winning DEAD END IN NORVELT, will be published in September by Farrar, Strauss, Giroux Books for Young Readers.

Jack Gantos

Books by Jack Gantos

by Jack Gantos - Children's 9-12, Crafts & Hobbies, Creative Writing, Education

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.

by Jon Scieszka, Christopher Healy, Sharon Creech, Cathy Camper, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ingrid Law, Deborah Hopkinson, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Eugene Yelchin, and Jack Gantos - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Short Stories

HEROES AND VILLAINS, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters --- with and without capes. Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good --- or evil.

by Jack Gantos - Fiction

The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey just as he starts to get his feet on the ground. With his dad MIA in the wake of appearance-altering plastic surgery, Joey must give up school to look after his new baby brother and fill in for his mom, who hospitalizes herself to deal with a bad case of postpartum blues. As his challenges mount, Joey discovers a key that could unlock the secrets to his father’s whereabouts, a mystery that must be solved before Joey can even hope that his broken family might somehow come back together—if only it doesn’t pull him apart first.

Written by Jack Gantos with illustrations by Nicole Rubel

Rotten Ralph’s owner, Sarah, is fed up with her red rascal’s behavior. Ralph is tired of Sarah trying to change him. He misses his cat family, which never made him alter a thing about himself. But in this gag- and guffaw-filled adventure for newly independent readers, the world’s favorite rotten red cat gets tripped up when he runs away for a journey down memory lane.

by Jack Gantos - Fiction

Jack’s plans for a vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents. But plenty of excitement is coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore --- typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town.