From Norvelt to Bement

Award-winning author Jack Gantos visits November 7

Author Illustrator Day with Jack Gantos

Friday, Nov. 7th, 9am

The Bement School, Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA

Preparing for the big day

I hope you are getting excited about this year's Author Illustrator Day! Having had the good fortune to hear Jack Gantos speak, we know you are in for a treat. He has a powerful message and will empower students to believe that they can be writers.

The key to a successful author visit is preparation. Students need to be familiar with the author and have read some of his work in order to make a connection. We want to help you as much as possible in preparing for the big day.


Be sure to take a look at the video interview below. It will really give you a taste of his personality and presentation style, and his journey to becoming a writer.


A HUGE thank you to our Parents' Association for making this visit possible!

Schedule

Arrives on campus 8:30

9:00-10:00 Grade 6-9 presentation
10:30-11:30 Grade K-2 presentation
11:30 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Grade 3-5 presentation


All presentations are in the Tim Young Room in Kittredge

Important Book Sale Information

All books will be pre-sold. Order forms will go home soon to both lower and upper school. Mr. Gantos will inscribe the books as desired prior to his visit and then they will be distributed. We won't be selling books the day of his visit.

CURRICULUM VITAE

JACK GANTOS

38 West Newton Street, #1, Boston, MA 02118

Ph: 617-267-5405, Cell: 617-875-0848

Email: gantosbooks@gmail.com

Website: www.jackgantos.com

EMPLOYMENT

Emerson College (1978-1996)

Tenured Professor: Writing, Literature and Publishing

Boston, MA 02116

Norwich/Vermont College (1996-1998): Faculty/MFA Writing for Children, Montpelier, VT 05602

Self Employed Writer: 1996--Present

EDUCATION

MA Literature/Creative Writing, Emerson College, 1984

BFA Creative Writing, Emerson College, 1976

PUBLICATIONS

UPPER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT

Heads or Tails, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994

Jack's New Power, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995

Desire Lines, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997

Jack's Black Book, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998

Jack On the Tracks, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999

Joey Pigza Loses Control, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000

Hole In My Life, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

What Would Joey Do?, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

Jack Adrift, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

2006

I Am Not Joey Pigza, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

Dead End in Norvelt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

From Norvelt to Nowhere, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014 (Fall Release)

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS

Rotten Ralph, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1976

Worse Than Rotten Ralph, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1978

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984

Rotten Ralph's Trick Or Treat, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986

Rotten Ralph's Show And Tell, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989

Happy Birthday Rotten Ralph, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990

Not So Rotten Ralph, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996

Back to School For Rotten Ralph, HarperCollins, 1998

Rotten Ralph Howls, HarperCollins, 1998

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Rotten Ralph Has the Christmas Spirit, HC, 1998

Wedding Bells for Rotten Ralph, HC, 1999

Rotten Ralph's Thanksgiving Wish, HC, 1999

The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008

ROTTEN RALPH ROTTEN READER SERIES, FSG

ROTTEN RALPH HELPS OUT, 2001

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR ROTTEN RALPH, 2002

ROTTEN RALPH FEELS ROTTEN, 2004

BEST IN SHOW FOR ROTTEN RALPH, 2006

THREE STRIKES FOR ROTTEN RALPH, 2011

ROTTEN RALPH’S ROTTEN FAMILY, 2014

Sleepy Ronald, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1976

Fair Weather Friends, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1977

Aunt Bernice, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1978

The Perfect Pal, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1979

Greedy Greeny, Doubleday and Co., 1979

The Werewolf Family, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1980

Swampy Alligator, Simon and Schuster, 1980

Willy's Raiders, Parents Magazine Press, 1981

ADULT NOVELS

ZIP SIX, Bridge Works Publishing, New York, 1996

BRASILIA, (NEA Grant)

PAPERBACKS AND AUDIO BOOKS

List upon request.

FOREIGN RIGHTS/TRANSLATIONS

World wide list of translations upon request.

My agent is Amy Berkower at Writer's House, NYC.

FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION

Two animated ROTTEN RALPH specials have been produced and broadcast on the Disney Channel by Disney/Italtoons Productions. Presently 52 Rotten Ralph episodes have been produced by the BBC for British, American and World Wide markets.

JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY has been optioned by Ken Kwapis and United Studios and is in development for TV.

HOLE IN MY LIFE has been optioned in 2012 by Almada Productions Ltd for film development.

JOURNALISM

Multiple articles including “Mausoleum Madness for Horn Book, 2006-2013

"THE KISS OF DEATH or THE FOUR MISS KITTYS", plus a dozen JACK HENRY serial stories printed in over 100 newspapers nationwide, 1998-2012

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New Scholastic Introduction for Peter Pan, 2001

"ADHD and Literature Activities", SLJ, 2001

"The Next Level", Book Links, 1998

"The Hit List", SLJ, 1997

"Warts And All", SLJ, 1999

"Creativity and Structure" Teaching K-8, 1996

El Dorado, Places, M.I.T. Press, 1989

Nicaragua Diary (w/photographs), Naked Global Issues, 1988

8-Track, B-T.V., 1988

TEACHING AND WORK EXPERIENCE

I became an Adjunct Instructor at Emerson College in 1978. In 1986 I received a full-time position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature in both the

undergraduate and graduate divisions. In 1992 I became an

Associate Professor. In 1993 I accepted the Graduate Coordinator position for the MA degree in Creative and Professional Writing. In 1995 I received full tenure and was offered the Chairmanship of the combined Creative and Professional Writing Program. I declined, and resigned my position in 1996 in order to gain time for writing books.

I have been on many core, all-college, and divisional

committees: Status, Faculty Council, Graduate Council,

Curriculum, Library, Chair Evaluation, Presidential Search,

Thesis, Readings. I was the faculty advisor for the Emerson

literary magazine, Gangsters in Concrete.

In 1993 and 1995 I taught courses in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of New Mexico. In 1996 I became a core faculty member for the low residency MFA Program in Children's Writing at Norwich/Vermont College. I am also a frequent speaker at Book, Library, Teacher, Literacy and Author Conferences throughout the country and overseas.

I built the Emerson MA/MFA degree concentration in Children's Book Writing and Literature, and designed the MFA degree in Children's Literature and Writing at Norwich/Vermont College.

SELECTION of COURSE TITLES

Introduction to Creative Writing: Prose and Poetry

Introduction to Creative Writing: Children's Books

Advanced Creative Writing: Prose and Poetry

Advanced Creative Writing: Children's Books

Senior Seminar: Writing the Non-Fiction Book

Senior Seminar: Fiction Writing

Senior Seminar: Children's Book Writing: Primary to Adolescent

American Novel: Rotating Topics

American Short Story: Rotating Topics

International Short Story/Novel: Rotating Topics

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Graduate Literature Seminar: Rotating Nationalities/Topics

Graduate Seminar: Picture Book Lit and Writing

Graduate Seminar: Middle Grade Lit and Short Story Writing

Graduate Seminar: Adolescent Lit and Novel Writing

AWARDS

2014 Anne V. Zarrow Award for “Significant Contribution to the field of literature for children and young adults.”

2012 John Newbery Award to the author of the most “Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children.” Dead End In Norvelt

2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction: Dead End

In Norvelt

2010 NCTE/ALAN Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the field of Adolescent literature”

2009 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key: “Booked Up” Award. United Kingdom Booktrust

2005 Library of Congress Outstanding Contribution to American Children’s Literature

2003 ASTAL HONOR for Outstanding Contribution To Children’s Literature

2002 Hole In My Life: Winner of the MA ST. Award

2002 Hole In My Life: ALA Printz Honor

2002 Hole In My Life: ALA Sibert Honor

2002 Hole In My Life: Parent’s Choice, Gold Award

2001 Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature.

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, NASEN AWARD: Best Book for Special Needs Education in the United Kingdom

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, Newbery Honor Award

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, ALA Notable Book

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, Book List: Editor's Choice

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, Book Links: Lasting

Connections

2001 Joey Pigza Loses Control, Parents' Choice Gold Award

2001 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key: Washington, Virginia and California State Awards: Best Book of the Year

2000 Jack On The Tracks, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List

2000 Jack On The Tracks, Parents' Choice Silver Honor

2000 Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Best Children's Books of the Year "Dealing with Alienation"-Bank St. College

2000 Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,

(state award listings):Georgia, New Hampshire, Maine, Arizona, Northwest Territories, Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Mexico, Minnesota, Florida, Washington St., California

1999 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, Notable Trade Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

1998 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, National Book Award Finalist in Children's Literature

1998 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, ALA Notable Book

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1998 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key selected as one of "THE BEST BOOKS OF 1998" by School Library Journal

1998 Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key, selected as one of "A

Hundred Books to Read and Share" by the New York Public Library.

1998 Jack's Black book: Arizona and Maine Reader's Choice Awards.

1998 Jack's Black Book selected by the New York Public

Library for TEEN AGE BEST BOOKS.

1997 Golden Pulcinella Award for "Best Character of the Year, ROTTEN RALPH": CARTOONS ON THE BAY, AMALFI INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL.

1997 Silver Pulcinella Award for "Best series for Children, ROTTEN RALPH": CARTOONS ON THE BAY, AMALFI INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

1997 Silver Apple Award: National Educational Media Network, for Not So Rotten Ralph

1996 Parents Magazine Best Video Award: ROTTEN RALPH

1995 Jack's New Power,"The Best Books of 1995" by THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.

1995 Jack's New Power, selected as one of "The Best Books

of 1995" by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL.

1995 Jack's New Power, selected as one of "A Hundred Books

to Read and Share" by the New York Public Library.

1994 Heads or Tails, selected as one of "A Hundred Books

to Read and Share" by the New York Public Library.

1994 Heads or Tails: ALA Booklinks "A Few Good Books of 1994”

1990 Children's Choice Award, International Reading

Association: Rotten Ralph's Show and Tell

1989 Quarterly West Novella Award: "X-Rays"

1988 Massachusetts Council for the Arts Award: "Brasilia"

1988 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for

Creative Writing: Fiction

1985 Gold Key Honor Society Award for Creative Excellence

1983 Massachusetts Council for the Arts Award:

"The Shadow of Elvis Presley's Hips"

1979 Emerson Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in

Creative Writing

1976-2013 "Best Books for Young Readers"--Rotten Ralph

series, American Library Association

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

The Author's Guild

Trustee: The Boston Athenaeum

National Council of Teachers of English

International Reading Association

ALAN

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Amnesty International

Leman School, NYC: Advisor to the JACK GANTOS Creative Writing Scholarship

GANTOS SHORT BIO:

JACK GANTOS is the author of over forty books for children from the ROTTEN RALPH picture books, collections of JACK HENRY short stories, upper elementary and middle school JOEY PIGZA novels, young adult novels—LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS, DESIRE LINES, and a memoir, HOLE IN MY LIFE. His work can lead readers from the cradle to the grave.

Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Masters Degree Program in Children’s Literature, Writing and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools and libraries. His works have received a Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist honor and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN AWARD for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. DEAD END IN NORVELT received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell award for Historic Fiction. The companion novel, FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE, is his most recent release with THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA due out in the fall of 2014.

GANTOS: LETTER TO YOUNG WRITERS

Dear Readers and Writers,

I am no different than any other writer in that the desire to write came to me after my desire to read. It is the reading that saturates the imagination with vast possibilities. Not just the possibility of creating a story, but with the possibility of holding a book in your hand that has your name printed on the cover.

In school I was a library helper. I shelved books and you can probably guess that the G section was my favorite. I would walk my fingers across the spines of the G authors until I came to my slot with GALDONE on one side and GEORGE on the other. I could imagine my book, with my last name fitting on the shelf between those two authors. Every school day I would pass that G shelf and imagine my book, with my name on it, proudly reaching out at me.

Of course, when you are young, it is easy to imagine a book with your name on it, but as I grew older I realized a bit of effort was going to go into the construction of a book. So I bought a small black writing journal and on the spine I took a pen knife and carved my last name into the black cover. I wasn’t sure what to title the book and so I didn’t. After a while

I just called it my “Black Book.” I took that book everywhere. I wrote very unorganized stories in it. But I did have an eye for

the odd moment. I saw my dog eaten by an alligator. I wrote about it in my Black Book. I saw an airplane crash in my neighborhood. I wrote it down. I broke my brothers arm—three times! I wrote it down. And I kept filling up the Black Book. And when it was full of odds and ends and bits and pieces of stories I made a fake

library call number and pasted it on the spine of my book. I glued a card pocket on the inside back cover and slipped a Date Due card inside. Then I carved my title on the spine: JACKS BLACK BOOK. When no one was looking I went to the book shelf and slipped it between GALDONE and GEORGE.

Each day I would pass it in the library. Weeks went by. It didn’t move. Then one day it was gone! I was thrilled.

But after many long weeks went by I thought maybe it was pretty foolish of me to put the only copy of my book on the shelf. Whoever checked it out was probably laughing at me. I was feeling pretty dejected. The empty gap on the shelf where my book had been now looked like a sad missing tooth.

Then it came back. I was working in the library and found it in the BOOK RETURN bin. I quickly flipped to the back where I had written a note on the last page asking the reader if he or she liked the book. They had responded. Eagerly I read: “Whoever wrote this book should seek mental help.”

I did. But it wasn’t a doctor. I went to my teacher and told her what I had done and asked for help on how to organize my stories. She did help me. She, and reading more books, made me a better writer.

I went to college for creative writing. I have published forty-five books from the ROTTEN RALPH series to the JACK HENRY series to the JOEY PIGZA series to HOLE IN MY LIFE and more—all the way to DEAD END IN NORVELT, the 2012 Newbery Medal winner. I have won many awards, but the Newbery Medal tops them all. My next job as a writer is to top myself. FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE has just been released. Will it top the Newbery winner? Some people think it has. Next up in the fall of 2014 is the final Joey Pigza book. Read the first Joey book, JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY then read the new one, THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA. When your head stops spinning let me know what you think.

All Best, Jack Gantos

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