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DEAD END IN NORVELT & NORVELT TO NOWHERE

WRITING AND DISCUSSING THE NEWBERY AWARD WINNING NOVEL: "History, Mystery, and Humor--and Characters you'll never forget!"

Jack Gantos

45 Minute Program

 

$500


How to build an Award Winning Novel? Write about what you know about, and expand the boundaries. Every novel should have a core idea at the center. As Miss Volker says in DEAD END IN NORVELT, "If you don't know your history anyone can lie to you and call it the truth." This snippet of dialog is the core "through line" of this set of two Norvelt novels.
You need: Thoughtful and engaging characters, an expanding setting, different yet related problems galore, plenty of shifting action, a crisp core theme bonded to a strong plotline--and a trusting and sympathetic voice to tell the story and win over the reader.
Join Jack Gantos for a discussion of the NORVELT books and what they mean to readers and how they inspire writers.

About the Author

Jack Gantos is the Newbery/Newbery Honor/Scott O’Dell/National Book Award author of over fifty-five books for young readers from the “Rotten Ralph” picture books, collections of upper elementary/middle-school “Jack Henry” short stories, and award-winning “Joey Pigza” and “Norvelt” novels, as well as young adult books including “Hole in my Life”—a Printz and Sibert award-winning memoir.

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