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Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue: A Jack Henry Adventure (Jack Henry Adventures (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Oct 2005


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Publisher: Square Fish (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374437181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374437183
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,004,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jack Gantos is a terrific writer with a wonderfully wry sensibility."

"Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection . . . the catchy format imitates a journal with lined-paper edges and excerpts of Jack's handwritten ramblings. A fun and refreshing read." --"School Library Journal"

"Jack jumps off the pages . . . Gantos' wonderful writing [is] witty, smart, and unafraid to tackle tough topics. A worthy addition to the series." --"Booklist"

"Gantos manages to make Jack's weird predicaments both familiar and fantastic; laugh-out-loud scenes have a tendency to sneak up on you . . . Jack's realistic struggle with the pull between childhood and the world of adults will resonate with the book's audience." --"The Horn Book"

"Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection . . . The catchy format imitates a journal with lined-paper edges and excerpts of Jack's handwritten ramblings. A fun and refreshing read."
--"School Library Journal"

"Jack jumps off the pages . . . Gantos's wonderful writing [is] witty, smart, and unafraid to tackle tough topics." --"Booklist"

"Gantos manages to make Jack's weird predicaments both familiar and fantastic; laugh-out-loud scenes have a tendency to sneak up on you . . . Jack's realistic struggle with the pull between childhood and the world of adults will resonate with the book's audience." --"The Horn Book"

Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection . . . The catchy format imitates a journal with lined-paper edges and excerpts of Jack's handwritten ramblings. A fun and refreshing read. "School Library Journal"

Jack jumps off the pages . . . Gantos's wonderful writing [is] witty, smart, and unafraid to tackle tough topics. "Booklist"

Gantos manages to make Jack's weird predicaments both familiar and fantastic; laugh-out-loud scenes have a tendency to sneak up on you . . . Jack's realistic struggle with the pull between childhood and the world of adults will resonate with the book's audience. "The Horn Book""

Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection . . . The catchy format imitates a journal with lined-paper edges and excerpts of Jack's handwritten ramblings. A fun and refreshing read. School Library Journal

Jack jumps off the pages . . . Gantos's wonderful writing [is] witty, smart, and unafraid to tackle tough topics. Booklist

Gantos manages to make Jack's weird predicaments both familiar and fantastic; laugh-out-loud scenes have a tendency to sneak up on you . . . Jack's realistic struggle with the pull between childhood and the world of adults will resonate with the book's audience. The Horn Book

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"Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection . . . The catchy format imitates a journal with lined-paper edges and excerpts of Jack's handwritten ramblings. A fun and refreshing read." --School Library Journal

"Jack jumps off the pages . . . Gantos's wonderful writing [is] witty, smart, and unafraid to tackle tough topics." --Booklist

"Gantos manages to make Jack's weird predicaments both familiar and fantastic; laugh-out-loud scenes have a tendency to sneak up on you . . . Jack's realistic struggle with the pull between childhood and the world of adults will resonate with the book's audience." --The Horn Book

About the Author

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack's writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers' lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.

While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack's career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children's books and began to teach courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He developed the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.


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