Jack Gantos

About

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, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. 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.

Titles

Rotten Ralph Helps Out (4 Paperback/1 CD) [With 4 Paperbacks]

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$44.95

Rotten Ralph Helps Out (CD)

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$12.95

Half Magic

Edward Eager and N. M. Bodecker

$7.99
$7.35

Heroes & Villains (Bound for Schools & Libraries)

Deborah Hopkinson, Jack Gantos, et al.

$17.80

Back to School for Rotten Ralph

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$7.99

Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos

$8.99
$8.27

I Am Not Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

$7.99
$7.35

Joey Pigza Loses Control

Jack Gantos

$7.99
$7.35

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Jack Gantos

$7.99
$7.35

What Would Joey Do?

Jack Gantos

$7.99
$7.35

From Norvelt to Nowhere

Jack Gantos

$8.99
$8.27

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos

$7.99
$7.35

The Trouble in Me

Jack Gantos

$9.99

Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten (CD)

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$12.95

Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten (1 Hardcover/1 CD) [With Hardcover...

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$29.95
$27.55

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$16.99

Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph: A Rotten Ralph...

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$8.99

Desire Lines

Jack Gantos

$16.99
$15.63

Rotten Ralph

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

$7.95
$7.31

Code 6

Jack Gantos

$22.95
$21.11

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

Jack Gantos

$15.99
$14.71

Hole in My Life

Jack Gantos

$10.99
$10.11

Zip Six

Jack Gantos

$21.95