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Jack Gantos

Full Name: Jack Gantos
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Born: 1951-07-02
Number of Works: 51
Jack Gantos is an American author of children's books renowned for his portrayal of fictional Joey Pigza, a boy with ADHD. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Association, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest book, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006), deals with twins, eugenics, taxidermy (in particular, human taxidermy), and implicit incest.

Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to son of construction superintendent John Gantos and banker Elizabeth (Weaver) Gantos. The seeds for Jack Gantos' writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could. Born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and raised in Barbados and South Florida, Mr. Gantos began collecting anecdotes in grade school and later gathered them into stories.

He moved to a Caribbean island (St Croix) and began to train as a builder. He soon realized that construction was not his forté and started saving for college. He decided to move to complete high school and while staying in a motel a friend introduced him to hash. He soon hooked up with a drug smuggler and was offered a chance to make 10 000 dollars by sailing to New York with 2,000 pounds of hash. With an English psycho captain on board they set off to the big city. Once there they hung out at the Chelsea hotel and Gantos carried on dreaming about college. Then, in Jacks own words, "The shit hit the fan" and the F.B.I. burst in on him. He managed to escape and hid out in the very same motel he was living during high school. However, he saw sense and turned himself in. He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison, which he describes in his novel -Hole in my life-. however he found a plan that involved getting him released in prison and accepted into college. It worked.

He received his BFA and his MA both from Emerson College. While in college, Jack began working on picture books with an illustrator friend. In 1976, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph. Mr. Gantos continued writing children's books and began teaching courses in children's book writing. He developed the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College in Boston, and is now teaching in the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers.

He married art dealer Anne A. Lower on November 11, 1989. The couple has one child, Mabel Grace, and they live in Boston, Massachusetts

ISBN: 0064408337, 9780064408332
Keywords: joey, pigza, books, swallowed, key
Pages: 160
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
ISBN: 0374430896, 9780374430894
Keywords: life, hole
Pages: 200
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

<div><div>Becoming a writer the hard wayIn the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confr
ISBN: 0060739436, 9780060739430
Keywords: joey, pigza, books, paperback, reading, control, loses, summer
Pages: 208
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 80%

<center>"He was wired. No dought about it...Now I knowwhat Mom meant when she said he was like me, only bigger."Joey Pigza really wants his six-week visit with his dad to count, to show him he's not as wired as he used to be, to show his dad how much he loves him. But Carter Pigza's not an easy guy to love. He's eager to make it up to Joey for past wrongs and to show him how to be a winner, to take control of his life. With his coaching, Joey's even learned how to pitch a baseball, and he's good at it. The trouble is, Joey's dad thinks taking control means giving up the things
ISBN: 0060544031, 9780060544034
Keywords: joey, paperback, pigza, books
Pages: 240
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

Joey's dad just roared into town on a motorcycle, his mom is chasing her ex-husband away with a broomstick, and his grandma's camped out on the couch behind a plastic shower curtain. What's more, Joey's chihuahua has been dognapped, and his mom insists that he be homeschooled with a mean blind girl and her super-religious mother. Welcome to Joey's world. With his new self-assumed role as "Mr. Helpful," Joey's on a mission to make everything and everyone better. Can Joey accomplish all this or will his wild, wired behavior spin him out of control all over again?
ISBN: 0374336903, 9780374336905
Keywords: rumbaughs, curse, love
Pages: 192
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 60%
ISBN: 0374399417, 9780374399412
Keywords: joey, pigza, books
Pages: 224
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0374379939, 9780374379933
Keywords: norvelt, dead
Pages: 341
Published: 2011
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0395292026, 9780395292020
Keywords: ralph, rotten
Pages: 48
Published: 1976
  • Rating: 80%

In desperation, Sarah sends Rotten Ralph to feline finishing school. Will Ralph's mischief finally be a thing of the past?Rotten Ralph has been doing really rotten things for more than thirty years. Even when he’s been at his rottenest, his owner Sarah still manages to love him. Kids everywhere have loved reading about Ralph’s rotten—but loveable—antics.
ISBN: 0374437165, 9780374437169
Keywords: jack, test, henry, flunk, happens, black, book
Pages: 176
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%

<div>An uproarious companion to Heads or Tails and Jack's New PowerAccording to his new motto - A WRITER'S JOB IS TO TURN HIS WORST EXPERIENCES INTO MONEY - Jack Henry is going to be filty rich even before he gets out of junior high, for his life is filled with the worst experiences imaginable. In the course of the few months covered in this cycle of interlinked stories, Jack is humiliated by a gorgeous syncronized swimmer, gets a tattoo the size of an ant on his big toe, flubs an IQ test and nearly fails wood shop, and has to dig up his dead dog not once but twice. And that's not the
ISBN: 0374429235, 9780374429232
Keywords: grade, sixth, stories, tails, heads
Pages: 160
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%

<div>Jack's life is a crazy roller-coaster ride. At his fifth school in six years, he has a crackpot teacher who wont give him a break about his lousy handwriting and a secret crush who wants to be a policewoman. At home, he has a pesky little brother with a knack for breaking an arm whenever Jack's supposed to be looking after him, a terror for an older sister who mocks his belief in UF)s, all sorts of weird neighbors, and, last but not least, ferocious alligators in the canal behind his house.Writing in his diary about his good days and bad days is one way Jack survives his up-and-down