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Jack Gantos

An Author Kids Love

Series: Authors Kids Love

By Michelle Parker-Rock

Jack Gantos is the popular author of over a dozen books about Rotten Ralph, a mischievous cat, as well as the Jack Henry and Joey Pigza books. In JACK GANTOS: AN AUTHOR KIDS LOVE, based on an interview with Gantos, Michelle Parker-Rock tells all about Gantos’s childhood and his early days as a writer. Readers will also learn about how Gantos works, where he gets his ideas, and what advice he has for kids who want to be writers, too.

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Library Ed.978-0-7660-2756-5$26.27$19.70

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Reviews

"Filled with solid information . . . each book is an excellent resource for student research. Whether students come to the biography because of an assignment or their existing love of the author, they will surely become inspired to read more from each prolific author."

Catholic Library World, December 2008

"Gantos’ fans will love this book and those new to the author will be sure to hunt up his writings."

Denver Public Schools, September 21, 2010

"This story is very factual and contains real life experiences."

Richardson Independent School District, April 30, 2008

"It is fascinating reading and fans will devour it."

Garland Independent School District, December 3, 2008

"This is a quick read biography, with enough information for beginning report writing or just for personal information about a favorite author."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2008

"Great addition to our library."

Association of Region XI School Libraries, October 8, 2008

"The advice he gives young students is priceless."

Library Media Connection, March 2008

"Readers will be well acquainted with this author after reading this intriguing book . . . an especially remarkable biography."

Eastern Washington Book Review Council

". . . the books . . . provide plenty of information about the authors and their writing processes."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2008

". . . well-written and . . . useful for reports or pleasure reading."

Lincoln Public Schools, March 2009

"Suitable for reports or for pleasure reading, they are solid additions."

School Library Journal, September 2008

"Very inspiring to read and great format that would be a good lead-in to motivate students . . ."

Mt. Diablo Unified School District, May 2008

"The life and work of Jack Gantos are briefly and engagingly introduced to intermediate students."

Seattle Public Schools, July 1, 2008

"A good source for reports."

Infolink Book Evaluation Program, February 2009

"Great resource for biographies, but also for developing writers."

Lincoln Public Schools, August 2008

". . . this book serves up an intriguing and very readable introduction to a popular author, and young aspiring writers will find plenty of good advice here as well."

Booklist, April 1, 2008

". . . a very nicely done biography . . . The book is carefully laid out to be reader friendly . . . There is plenty of advice to young writers from Gantos."

Irving Independent School District, February 26, 2008

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