Time: 1 PM --2 PM
The Library’s Book Club for middle school students is reading the 2012 Newbery Medal winner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. In this wildly fictionalized autobiographical novel, Gantos tells the story of growing up one summer when he was "grounded for life." The novel is filled with adventure, history, mystery and humor.
By July 26, participants should read to page 170 and use the prompts/ideas below to start a dialogue about the book. (You don’t need to answer all the questions or every part of a question.)
1. Describe young Jack's upbringing in terms of his life with his family, friends, neighborhood. How different and how similar is his life from a boy’s life who grows up today in Metuchen, NJ? Focus on the town of Norvelt and the time (1962).
2. Describe Jack's relationship with his mother and father. Do you think that they are caring parents? Give examples from the text to support your answer. Does one seem like a better parent than the other? Why?
3. Besides Jack, his mother or father, who is your favorite character? Why? Who is your least favorite character? Why?