Jack Gantos

About Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos’s many books include the Jack Henry series; Hole in My Life; and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal. A new novel, The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, is forthcoming from Farrar in fall 2014.

I Spy: Harriet and I

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

When I was a boy, I knew I was sneaky, but I didn’t think of myself as a “lowlife sneak” until my mother called me one with such disgust in her voice I actually did feel ashamed. I was babysitting at the next-door neighbor’s house when my mother looked out her own bedroom window and […]

Mausoleum Madness, or, Children’s Books Six Feet Under

Some months ago I went to the Boston Public Library’s rare book room to view their display of fine first editions by nineteenth-century American authors. Of course they had lovely examples of Thoreau, Alcott, Dickinson, Emerson, and Whitman, and I slowly took the time to read the helpful notations the research librarians had supplied. One […]