Friday, September 9, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I was recently sent Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos for review. The only previous books by Gantos that I have read were his Rotten Ralph series of picture books. This book has some of the same sort of quirky humor. It is described as a melding of things entirely true and things wildly fictional. I, for one, don't know which was which.

School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table in our backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation when my mother walked up to me and ruined it. 
Friday 56:
It was odd how they never really ended a conversation. They just seemed to stop talking at some awkward, cliff-hanging moment and then Mom would attend to washing the dishes and Dad would silently read the newspaper.


  1. The book cover and title didn't turn me on. The beginning and 56 did make me laugh. Sounds like a fun book.

  2. Sounds like the family doesn't communicate at all. Sad.
    Thanks for participating!


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