We all know Jack Gantos from his Joey Pigza books, but this pseudo-biographical novel for a slightly older reader is something a bit different. Gantos writes about...Jack Gantos, a 12 year old boy growing up in the tiny town of Norvelt, PA (where, incidentally, Gantos also spent his childhood years). Being "grounded for life" during the summer and developing a new friendship with an elderly neighbor leads to solving not only the biggest mystery in town, but the question of how to cure his chronic nosebleeds!
Although it takes place in 1962, Jack's story will ring true to any kid living in a two-horse town with not a whole lot to do. I won't be surprised on Monday if this title shows up with a Newbery honor, or the medal itself!