Dead End in Norvelt

Publisher: Corgi Yearling

Review

Summer, 1962: eleven-year-old Jack Gantos has been 'grounded for life' following an unfortunate incident with his father’s Japanese sniper rifle. Having anticipated a slow death from terminal boredom, Jack is more than a little surprised by the excitement and turmoil that comes in to his life as one by one Norvelt’s elderly residents expire under increasingly mysterious circumstances.

In a small town populated by larger-than-life characters, truth meets fantasy as this hilarious, semi-autobiographical novel charts the progress of Jack’s summer and the unmasking of a dastardly criminal.

A unique style and refreshing view of history will keep readers engaged and amused in equal measure.

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