Newbery Award Winner Jack Gantos visits Petrova and Bloomingdale schools

LAKE PLACID – For his novel “Dead End In Norvelt” Jack Gantos nabbed the Gold in children’s literature by winning the Newbery Award Medal in 2012. The mind behind numerous acclaimed books, Gantos may be best known as the author of his award-winning Joey Pigza series. Young Joey Pigza struggles with ADHD and lives in a dysfunctional family often too helpless to help him. “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key” is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature and “Joey Pigza Loses Control” is a Newbery Honor title.

Gantos is not Joey Pigza, but he is frequently the star in his other novels. His titles for middle schoolers include the popular “Jack Henry” books, a collection of story cycles extracted from his family life and the wildest antics he found in his own neighborhoods.

The popular author credits a lifetime of daily writing?- keeping diaries and journals – with providing the material for many of these stories.

Gantos has more than 50 titles to his credit, including the celebrated “Rotten Ralph” picture books (illustrated by Nicole Rubel). First published in 1976, Rotten Ralph remains a cool cat in the hot world of illustrated children’s literature. “Rotten Ralph’s Rotten Family” was just released this year. Ralph is looking good for a 38 year-old cat who remains incorrigibly rotten after all these years.

Gantos is internationally renowned for his creative writing and literature presentations. He visits dozens of schools a year and has spoken to children in more than three-dozen countries, as well as in every state and most major U.S. cities.

The Bookstore Plus, in Lake Placid, will host Gantos for a special book-signing event from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To learn more about Jack’s visit and how to pre-order his books please visit our website,, and click on the “Petrova” or “Bloomingdale” Library Media Center tab, then follow through to the “Jack Gantos Visit” link.

Funding for this event is sponsored by our school book fairs.