Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dead in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, Audiobook

Jack is just your average boy, with the exception of his incessant nose bleeds. He has been looking forward to his summer vacation but gets in trouble and winds up grounded for the duration.

Miss Volker, an elderly lady and Jack's neighbor, is the medical examiner of Norvelt. She also writes up the obituaries for the town's newspaper. However, her eyes aren't as good as they used to be and her arthritis has been causing her havoc. She needs help and that comes in the form of Jack.

Jack spends his summer writing up the obituaries for her and as he does so, he learns more about the people who founded the town and a little bit more. He enjoys his escape from the house and begins to look forward to his job, but some of the stories she spins are outlandish and hard to believe. Jack learns more than he really wanted to know, but it is a summer to remember.

Some of the stories are laugh-out loud funny and a twist of suspense will hook you as well. Dead End in Norvelt is read by Jack and he does a magnificent job! His pitch tumbles back and forth between whiny, seriousness, just the right touch of drama and humor. I was caught up immediately from disc one and hated to see it end. Not just for young adults, this fun yarn of growing up in a small town is sure to entertain everyone!

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