In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
In the similar vein of Gary Paulsen, Jack Gantos writes of a childhood summer comprised of strange happenings in his hometown. I’m currently reading this to my older students and they are finding it to be hilarious, and I did too, in parts. One question he never answered in the book was whether or not he shot a hole in the screen of the town’s new drive-in theater. A good recommend to either boys or girls.