Norvelt to Nowhere: Book Review

April 16th, 2014 by

Have you ever read Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, winner of the 2012 Newbery Award? If not, you should. And if you like it (I predict an 85% chance that you will), then come back and read this book recommendation for the sequel, Norvelt to Nowhere. Go ahead, I’ll just chill here.

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Back? Finished? Cool.

And for those of you who didn’t read it, WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD for Dead End in Norvelt:

At the end of the first bookyoung Jack and his elderly friend, Miss Volker, had discovered that Mr. Spizz  poisoned all the old ladies in the town of Norvelt in order to gain Miss Volker’s hand in marriage. It’s a crazy way to put a ring on it, but Mr. Spizz is pretty crazy.

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In Norvelt to Nowhere, with Spizz on the run for the murders, Jack’s life seems to be back to normal. But then more old ladies die under suspicious circumstances, so Jack and Miss Volker hit the road to investigate!

Read this book for…

  • Murder mystery solving!
  • Grand theft auto by a 12-year-old! (DO NOT try this at home.)
  • A crazy action scene involving a harpoon and a VW Bug!
  • Rich stories about America’s history that you probably won’t hear about in school.
  • Not one, but TWO detectives on Jack and Miss Volker’s tail!
  • A surprisingly decades-long romance wrought with jealousy.
  • And lots, lots more!

Note: I “read” this book by listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by the author himself, Jack Gantos. If you’re ever interested in listening to an audiobook, this book (or Dead End in Norvelt) is a great one! You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a cafe with the author, who is telling you all about his life! Here’s an excerpt:

Norvelt-to-Nowhere_Jack-GantosA warning for my fellow readers, though: There is definitely a point in this book where you might be confused and wondering, “Where is this all going?!” But you’ll be rewarded for sticking it out to the end. After all, it’s not every day you get invited along on a crazy cross-country road trip with a boy, his old lady friend, and a possible murderer at their heels!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy has never been on a cross-country road trip and plans to go as soon as self-driving cars are available to the public. That way she can nap and read the whole way.

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