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Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos

As a recently appointed middle school librarian, I’ve been reading quite a bit of middle school fiction, which is different than YA fiction and, it turns out, just as appealing to adults. 354 more words

Book Review

I AM NOT JOEY PIGZA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

It’s been a long time since I was first introduced to Joey Pigza. In fact, 1998 to be exact. I picked up a copy of JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY and loved the story of Joey, a boy getting engulfed by his ADHD. 566 more words

Middle Grade

A Note For Authors on Jumping Genres

By Stephanie Guerra

Writing in a new genre after successfully publishing a book (or books) can be intimidating; why change what works? Some agents and publishers actively discourage genre-hopping, while others are interested in quality rather than consistency or brand-building. 531 more words


Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

Gantos recalls his life as a transient young adult, including his involvement in a drug running scheme that eventually lands him in prison. Using a straightforward, simplistic style, Gantos speaks to the reality of prison life, and details his transformation from a reckless criminal to an adult responsible for his own actions. 195 more words

Heavy Reads

From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos won the Newbery Medal for his funny historical fiction Dead End in Norvelt in 2012. I always bump Newbery winners to the top of my reading pile because they’re a treat. 655 more words


Impacts & Opportunities


Currently, students are well into the integrated Impacts Unit in which they have been studying the patterns of natural hazards within a country and working on developing a proposal to persuade ‘representatives of the UNISDR’ to fund a disaster risk reduction program for their assigned nation. 507 more words

Social Studies

SOLSC #6: Power of Words

Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to begin…today, the sixth grade Humanities classes had the opportunity to work more closely with Newbery Award winning author, Jack Gantos. 526 more words

Slice Of Life Challenge