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Dead End In Norvelt: Jack Gantos

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FC: Jack Gantos Dead End In Norvelt Meghan #21 Mrs. Burnett

1: Dear Journal, This is Jack, and I got really bored, so I decided I would write in this old thing. My life is not easy as you might think. I work for an ancient lady who dips her hands in wax. I don’t know why, but now she can’t write and type the news articles she is supposed to. Now I am grounded because I actually shot my dad’s rifle at a giant television screen. The only time I am allowed out of the house now is when I go to help the old lady next door. I am just so excited that mom promised not to tell dad about my incident. Anyways, this place I live in is called Norvelt. It is a small, empty town with almost nothing fun to do. The most exciting thing I can do now that I shot down the only entertainment center I could possibly have, all I am looking forward to this summer is driving my dad’s giant tractor lawn mower thing. -Jack Gantos-

2: Dear Journal, Hi again, today I got into a little bit of trouble today. My mom lectured me again when she found out that I shot the gun at the big screen. She thought that I just had fired the gun when it was empty, and so nothing was damaged. So now I am really grounded, but my mom still promised to not tell dad about it. So I guess that part is all good. However, if my mom doesn’t stick to her word, I am dead meat. So I am hoping that my mother is an honest woman. Even if my mom does stick to her word, my dad might be smart enough to find out anyways. So I guess I am really stressed out, and I don’t want mom to let the secret loose. -Jack Gantos-

3: Dear Journal, Today this old lady called again and she wanted me to sneak around another old lady’s house and find out if she is dead or not. I am not sure if I already mentioned this, but I am terrified of dead people. And when I get nervous, my nose bleeds like crazy, almost like a volcano! Also on top of all the blood on my clothes, my mom can not afford any new stuff. Also my mom is worried that I am losing too much blood, but she stresses out too much because she can’t afford to get an appointment at the doctor so he can give me medicine to help add more iron that I might be losing in my blood. Aw cheese us crust! My mom just spilled the beans! Did I mention that I am already grounded for mowing down her corn in the backyard for one of dad’s big army projects? Aw man, what am I in for now? -Wish me luck, Jack Gantos-

4: Dear Journal, Woo hoo! My dad just told me that today he is going to fly me in his plane as long as I don’t break out in a huge bloody nose and ruin everything! How exciting is that? I am just stunned that my mom is letting me go on with this. Hold on my mom is calling me Okay, I am back, and the news just got even better! My mom also said that I can go practice with Bunny, my friend, who by the way is shorter than me, and we will play baseball! Cheese-us-crust! It is time! Wish me luck, and maybe I can go this plane again sometime, that is if I don’t have a really bad bloody nose. Okay, enough talking, but sorry, I have to go ride on the ride of my life! -Jack Gantos-

5: Dear Journal, Well, that summer actually turned out okay if I must admit. I got out of a lot of chores like digging a hole in the back yard for a bomb shelter to go help Ms. Volker, the old lady. I also learned how to drive. As Ms. Volker said, and I quote: “You went from a slow poke to a speeding hazard in one day, not bad for a rookie.” Also, she helped me as well, she helped my nose bleeding problem. I also learned that learned that Miss Volker is a nurse! She has popped an eye back into its socket, delivered babies, and many other gross things that I don’t want to talk about. Also, we wrote an obituary about a guy who was dancing in the street and totally got flattened by a car! The poor guy didn’t even have any relatives to come give him a proper goodbye! Anyways, I guess this summer has turned out pretty okay. -Jack Gantos-

6: Dear Journal, Hi, um, hi. I just found this on the street and I would like to ask the owner of this journal a few questions. One is why were you messing with your dad’s gun in the first place? And also, why would your dad care so much if you did? Also, how was your ride on the plane? Was it scary? Was it fun? Did your nose bleed? Did you throw up? How did the bomb shelter work out? Did the Russians come and bomb your town? Well, from the way your last entry sounded, I don’t think they did. But you never know! Well, I guess I should probably get out of your face. So bye! -Me-


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