Book 25: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
I had been waiting to read this 2012 Newbery Award title since the announcement was made in January; however, it did not satisfy like other novels have. This historical fiction combines some parts of Gantos' real life, some parts of history post-war, and a lot of fiction, humor, and mystery. The story follows the summer of Jack being grounded and having to spend his time between helping one of the oldest living townspeople write obituaries and trying to figure out how to have a little fun with his friend whose father runs the funeral home all while trying not to shock himself and thus having his nose bleed all over the place.
I think this is a fun, entertaining read for an adult, but I don't see the appeal to some kids, especially most middle schoolers. I just don't see them picking up this novel on their own.