Jack Gantos

About Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for readers from the cradle to the grave. His works have received the Newbery and Scott O’Dell awards and Printz and Sibert honors, and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN Award. His next book, The Trouble in Me (Farrar), publishes in fall 2015.

(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture

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Dear Readers, This particular version of my Zena Sutherland Lecture is a fabrication or, at best, a fabulation. Either way it is entirely false. Yes, I did give the Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago on May 1, 2015, but it was not as properly cured and marbled as this […]

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 […]