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Jack Gantos by Abigail Duclos
Transcript of Jack Gantos by Abigail Duclos
Date of Birth: July 2. 1951-Present "When I unpacked my diaries in Barbados, something new happened to my writing. Instead of writing on a blank, white page about the date, weather, and food, I began to write about all the stuff that was in my diary. I wrote about where I caught my bugs. I wrote about the stamps I collected. I wrote stories about the photographs I had saved. And I became a lot more excited about keeping a diary because so much of what I wrote had personal meaning to me." Childhood Continued "I didn't have any close friends and ended up being on the fringe of 'nice kid groups,' which was no fun, or else I was like a 'spot' friend for the continuous cycle of kids who were always in trouble, which was more fun, but slightly dangerous. I belonged to no organized group like sports or scouts. At home my parents were struggling to make ends meet, so they weren't around for a lot of tea and sympathy." Picture Books Jack Gantos wrote nine picture books, all of which were illustrated by Nicole Rubel. Jack's first picture book, "Sleepy Ronald," was published in 1976. "Fair-weather Friends," and "Aunt Bernice" were published in 1977 and 1978. Both "The Perfect Pal" and "Greedy Greeny" were sold in 1979. "Swampy Alligator" and "The Werefolf Family" were published in 1980. In 1981 and 1985, "Willy's Raiders" and "Red's Fib" were sold successfully. "Jack Henry" Series Jack Gantos' "Jack Henry" series is a collection of autobiographical stories being told in the form of a diary. Jack Henry is a sixth-grader that has lived in nine different house and attended five schools. There are five books in the "Jack Henry" series; "Heads or Tails: Stories from the Sixth Grade," "Jack's New Power: Stories from a Caribbean Year," "Jack's Black Book," and "Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade," and "Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade without a Clue" are the titles of the "Jack Henry" books, which were written from 1994-2003. "Joey Pigza" Series "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," "Joey Pigza Loses Control," "What Would Joey Do?" and "I Am Not Joey Pigza" are the titles of Jack Gantos' "Joey Pigza" series, which were published from 1998 to 2007. The main character of the story, Joey Pigza, struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and with a alcoholic father who also suffers from ADHD. "Jack's Black Book" won the New York Public Library Books for the Teenage award in 1997. The Silver Award was won by "Jack on the Tracks" in 1999. In 1999, "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" won the Great Stone Face Award. Children's Librarians of New Hampshire, National Book Award finalist for Young People's Literature, American Library Association Notable Children's Book, NCSS and CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Riverbank Review Children's Book of Dinstinction, and New York Public Library "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing." In 2000, "Joey Pigza Swallows the Key" won the Iowa Teen Award from the Iowa Educational Media Association. "Joey Pigza Loses Control" was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2001. Writing Career After Jack Gantos read his sister's diary, he soon decided that he could write much better than her. This lively, childish, sibling rivalry sparked Jack's creativity, and caused him to be the accomplished writer his is today. When Jack's family moved to Florida, he retreated to three flat tires, without any books whatsoever, hidden outside his school and read for most of the day. Secretly skipping school to read in this decaying "bookmobile," as Jack referred to it, was something he did continually. During the time when Jack did go to school, he collected many short stories to write in his diary while listening to his teachers' conversations outside of the Teachers' Lounge. Also, because Jack moved so often, he constantly had difficulty making friends and usually ended up becoming close to his school's librarian, causing him to read even more. Jack Gantos began writing more often and fervently after his writing became more personal. Interesting Facts: While Jack Gantos lived in Florida, his dog was mysteriously eaten by an alligator. Jack Gantos broke his brother's arm during a fight. Enrichment For my study of the author Jack Gantos, I read the book "Dead End in Norvelt," which is an autobiographical book about Jack Gantos' childhood. It is mostly comprised of small stories that Jack wrote in his diary long ago. Prezi written and completed by Abigail Duclos, Period 6. Other Works Other book written by Jack Gantos include "Zip Six" and "The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs," both of are adult novels. "Desire Lines" and "Dead End in Norvelt" is a young adult novel and "Hole in My Life" is a young adult autobiography, also written by Jack Gantos. The novella, "X-Rays," was also written by Jack Gantos. Jack Gantos also contributed to the writing of the collection of short stories called "No Easy Answers: Short Stories about Teenager Making Tough Choices." These seven books were written from 1989 to 2011. Jack Gantos' book "Hole in My Life" was awarded both the Printz Honor and Sibert Honor in 2003. "Dead End in Norvelt" won the John Newbery Medal in 2012. Lastly, "X-Rays" won the Quarterly West Novella Award in 1989. Personal Awards Jack Gantos was awarded the Emerson Alumni Award at Emerson College in 1979, for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing, the Massachusetts Council for the Arts Award finalist in both 1983 and 1988, the Gold Key Honor Society Award for Creative Excellence in 1985, and the National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1987. Jack Gantos also won the Batavia Educational Foundation grant and West Springfield Arts Council grant in 1991, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing of Fiction, and many other awards. Childhood