Monday, December 9, 2013
FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE by Jack Gantos
Crazy life continues in Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Jack is still helping Miss Volker write obituaries for the newspaper and taking care of things around her house, but things are about to get even crazier.
Another Norvelt old lady dies under suspicious circumstances renewing Miss Volker's belief that the murderous Spizz is still hanging around. Jack and the old lady are working together once again to find the killer and bring justice to Norvelt.
When Miss Volker learns of the sudden death of her sister in Florida, she convinces Jack's mother to allow him to travel with her to retrieve her sister's body so she can be buried in Norvelt. Jack isn't sure about spending time on a train with the old lady, but he decides the adventure might be worth it if it means not spending the summer on the watchful eye of his mother. His father has been making plans for the family to move to Florida anyway so this will give him a chance to check it out.
What follows is a wild and wacky trip involving history, a would-be detective, surly train attendants, and learning how to drive a stick shift. Author Jack Gantos continues his fun-filled tale loosely based on his own boyhood experiences in FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE. The story is filled with twists and turns that are sure to please Gantos' many fans.