Writer Jack Gantos has his own unusual take on a childhood in the town named after Eleanor Roosevelt - the real-life place called Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Readers from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss "Dead End in Norvelt" with host Kitty Felde. KPFK radio host Wenzel Jones is celebrity reader.
Jack received the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction for "Dead End in Norvelt." His other works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.
Favorite books from Belvedere Elementary in Virginia:
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Candymakers - Wendy Mass
Wereworld - Curtis Jobling
Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
Warriors series - Erin Hunter
Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
Jack Gantos' Favorite Book:
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
"Hard to find another classic on my shelf that I reread every five years - the language, themes, journey, spleen and spine of it are very satisfying."
Wenzel Jones' Favorite Book:
Onions in the Stew - Betty MacDonald