Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - From Norvelt to Nowhere

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we are eagerly anticipating.

From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos. 288 p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 24, 2013. 9780374379940.

Publisher synopsis: This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal–winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town’s founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it’s increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker’s adventure becomes, in From Norvelt to Nowhere, a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

I happen to adore Jack Gantos and, while I loved Dead End in Norvelt, I can't get my students to try it out.

What are you waiting on?

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