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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Square Fish
Publication date April 24, 2012
Pages 199
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312641573
ISBN-10 0312641575
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.42 lbs.
Original list price $9.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, this is a memoir about becoming a writer the hard way. A Printz Honor and Sibert Honor book.

In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison.

But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos―once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell―moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.

This title has Common Core connections.

Jack Gantos is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of books for readers of all ages, including Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. His book The Trouble in Me is an autobiographical novel about a fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, and his book Dead End in Novelt won the Newbery Medal, the Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction.

Praise for Hole in My Life:

“A memoir, by turns harrowing and hilarious, about a huge mistake.” ―Miami Herald

“His account is remarkably free of both self-pity and self-censorship. . . . This is a tale of courage and redemption, proving that a bad start in life does not have to lead to a bad life story.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Gantos really is Everyman, but an Everyman who has landed himself into a deeper pit than most. What separates Gantos is the determination that took him out of his dreams and into a successful life as a writer. Those writerly skills are in full evidence here, in this thoughtful and provocative memoir as valuable to those who have never heard of Gantos as to those who have read all of his books.” ―Hyde Park Review of Books

“The ultimate cautionary tale.” ―Smithsonian

“This true tale of the worst year in the author's life will be a big surprise for his many fans. . . .This is a story of mistakes, dues, redemption, and finally success at what he always wanted to do: write books.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Awards for Hole in My Life:
School Library Best Books of the Year
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Michael L. Printz Award - Honor
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NYPL Books for the Teen Age
ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award
Massachusetts Children's Book Award
American Library Association Notable Children's Books
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers
Parents' Choice Award Winner
Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
ALA Notable Children's Books
Booklist Editors' Choice



Editions
Paperback
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With Jack Gantos | Reprint edition from Square Fish (April 24, 2012)
9780312641573 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.42 lbs | List price $9.99
About: From the Newbery Award–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, this is a memoir about becoming a writer the hard way.
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (March 14, 2005)
9780786273379 | details & prices | 235 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.62 lbs | List price $10.95
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
With Jack Gantos | New edition from Gardners Books (January 6, 2005)
9780099475873 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $8.00
About: Jack Gantos had a peripatetic childhood around the US and the Caribbean.
Reprint edition from Farrar Straus & Giroux (September 8, 2004)
9780374430894 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.45 lbs | List price $8.99
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780807216446
 
Unabridged edition from Listening Library (July 1, 2003)
9780807216446 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.30 lbs | List price $25.00
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Abridged edition from Listening Library (July 1, 2003)
9780807216453 | details & prices | List price $30.00
About: Becoming a writer the hard wayIn the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job.
School and Library
Book cover for 9780374399887
 
from Farrar Straus & Giroux (March 26, 2002)
9780374399887 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.99
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606308595
 
from Demco Media (July 30, 2004)
9780606308595 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.80
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417639083
 
With Jack Gantos | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 11, 2008)
9781435233607 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.52 lbs | List price $17.00
With Jack Gantos | from Turtleback Books (September 8, 2004)
9781417639083 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 0.66 lbs | List price $18.45
About: The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

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