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Jack Gantos

Forfatter af Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

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Jack Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1951. He received a BFA and a MA from Emerson College. While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. vis mere His other books include Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the 2012 Newbery Medal. His memoir, Hole in My Life, won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors. Jack's follow-up to Hole in My Life is The Trouble in Me He also teaches courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He dev.eloped the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (1998) 2,210 eksemplarer
Dead End in Norvelt (2011) 1,671 eksemplarer
Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000) 1,621 eksemplarer
Hole in My Life (2002) 1,039 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph (1976) 432 eksemplarer
I Am Not Joey Pigza (2007) 309 eksemplarer
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006) 258 eksemplarer
From Norvelt to Nowhere (2013) 231 eksemplarer
The Trouble in Me (2015) 130 eksemplarer
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (2014) 118 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph Helps Out (2001) 105 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Trick or Treat (1843) 104 eksemplarer
Back to School for Rotten Ralph (1998) 99 eksemplarer
Worse Than Rotten, Ralph (1978) 90 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Show and Tell (1989) 62 eksemplarer
Desire Lines (1997) 62 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas (1984) 60 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance (1997) 53 eksemplarer
Not So Rotten Ralph (1994) 52 eksemplarer
Happy Birthday, Rotten Ralph (1990) 50 eksemplarer
The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph (2009) 47 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten (2004) 42 eksemplarer
Best in Show for Rotten Ralph (2005) 27 eksemplarer
Willy's Raiders (1980) 27 eksemplarer
Wedding Bells for Rotten Ralph (1656) 23 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Thanksgiving Wish (1999) 22 eksemplarer
Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph (2011) 22 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family (2014) 16 eksemplarer
Rotten Ralph's Halloween Howl (1998) 15 eksemplarer
The Dented Head of Joey Pigza (2018) 10 eksemplarer
Zip Six: A Novel (1996) 8 eksemplarer
Greedy Greeny (1979) 8 eksemplarer
Swampy Alligator (1980) 7 eksemplarer
Aunt Bernice (1978) 4 eksemplarer
The Werewolf Family (1980) 4 eksemplarer
Fair-Weather Friends (1977) 3 eksemplarer
Sleepy Ronald (1976) 2 eksemplarer
The Bloody Souvenir [short story] (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Code 6 (Serie Noire 1) (1999) 2 eksemplarer
Genveje (1998) 1 eksemplar
The Perfect Pal (1979) 1 eksemplar
JACK'S BLACK BOOK 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Bidragyder — 764 eksemplarer
Guys Read: Funny Business (2010) — Bidragyder — 686 eksemplarer
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Bidragyder — 276 eksemplarer
On the Fringe: Stories (2001) — Bidragyder — 179 eksemplarer
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (2011) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Guys Read: Heroes and Villains (2017) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer

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YA book club read. Enjoyable. KIRKUS REVIEWAn exhilarating summer marked by death, gore and fire sparks deep thoughts in a small-town lad not uncoincidentally named ?Jack Gantos.?The gore is all Jack?s, which to his continuing embarrassment ?would spray out of my nose holes like dragon flames? whenever anything exciting or upsetting happens. And that would be on every other page, seemingly, as even though Jack?s feuding parents unite to ground him for the summer after several mishaps, he does get out. He mixes with the undertaker?s daughter, a band of Hell?s Angels out to exact fiery revenge for a member flattened in town by a truck and, especially, with arthritic neighbor Miss Volker, for whom he furnishes the ?hired hands? that transcribe what becomes a series of impassioned obituaries for the local paper as elderly town residents suddenly begin passing on in rapid succession. Eventually the unusual body count draws thejustified, as it turns outÂ¥attention of the police. Ultimately, the obits and the many Landmark Books that Jack reads (this is 1962) in his hours of confinement all combine in his head to broaden his perspective about both history in general and the slow decline his own town is experiencing.… (mere)
bentstoker | 134 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |
It's Christmastime, and Rotten Ralph is up to no good, as usual. Although his little girl, Sarah, warns him that bad kitties might not get presents, our unrepentant feline anti-hero continues on his way, and when goody-two-shoes Percy joins the picture, things only get worse. Jealous of this other cat, Ralph does everything he can to undermine him, from pulling the ladder out from underneath him, while he is decorating the tree, to stealing his presents. Fortunately, Percy's sojourn is temporary, and Ralph is restored to his rightful place at the center of Sarah's world....

I owned a copy of author Jack Gantos and illustrator Nicole Rubel's Rotten Ralph as a girl, and I read it countless times, enjoying its tale of a thoroughly rotten cat—one with few redeeming characteristics, besides his love for his little girl. I don't recall reading any of the sequels when young, but am slowly getting to them now, as an adult. The second installment of the series, Worse Than Rotten, Ralph, sees our feline temporarily reformed, but here, in Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas, we see that any changes for the better were only temporary, and that Rotten Ralph lives up to his name. I found the deadpan humor here enjoyable—Sarah telling Ralph he is "not being very helpful," when he ties Percy to the railway tracks!—and the somewhat trippy vintage artwork fun. Recommended to fans of Rotten Ralph and his adventures.
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AbigailAdams26 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 6, 2024 |
I'm just started listening to the audiobook (narrated by Gantos himself) with my almost-eight-year-old. She's finding it a little too scary because Joey is constantly hurting himself. I've read this book a few times (in 2006 and again in 2014) and always thought it was primarily funny (hilarious even), but seeing it through my daughter's eyes, I understand how it can be very intense for a young person.

I also just read the most-liked review of this book on goodreads. It's by an adult who gave it one star and said she found it disgusting. This seems to be because this book includes a sadly realistic portrayal of how a public school student with a disability from a low-income family was treated in 1998. It was too shocking and sad for her.

So both of these reactions (my child's and this adult goodreads reviewer's) are surprising to me. Maybe I went into this book with a bias because I know Jack Gantos as a funny author and speaker. Also a lot of 90s children's literature featured exaggerated reality (like [b:Maniac Magee|139463|Maniac Magee|Jerry Spinelli|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1395884800l/139463._SX50_.jpg|3264295] and [b:Frindle|439173|Frindle|Andrew Clements|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1344395824l/439173._SX50_.jpg|1993854]). So I think I was reacting to this book like someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s.

Anyway, if I keep listening to this book with my kid I'm going to have to do a lot of explaining about Special Education and ADHD and how writers of fiction create heightened worlds for comedic and dramatic effect. I'm already used to this because she loves Beverly Cleary's books and those have a ton of historical/unbelievable things she needs context to understand. I actually don't think of this as a negative, but kind of the whole point of reading. Last year we read [b:Front Desk|36127488|Front Desk (Front Desk, #1)|Kelly Yang|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1507986199l/36127488._SX50_.jpg|51903030] which also had upsetting parts and it sparked some really great conversations about racism, economics, and unfair policing.
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LibrarianDest | 115 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Young Jack Gantos returns to the page in this sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning [b:Dead End in Norvelt|9858488|Dead End in Norvelt|Jack Gantos|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1371074276s/9858488.jpg|14749689]. The mystery from the first book continues: Who is the real old lady killer? Is it Spizz? Could it be Ms. Volker?! What about Bunny's creepy funeral director father?

As wacky, deranged, and funny as the original, but more twisty and head-spinning. I listened to the audiobook and sometimes found myself a little lost in the tangle of plot. As someone who's interested in history, I liked Ms. Volker's mini-lectures, but they may feel didactic to some readers.

If you liked the first one, you'll like this.
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LibrarianDest | 14 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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