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Hole in my life

Author: Jack Gantos
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile materials
Biography
Biografía
Named Person: Jack Gantos; Jack Gantos
Material Type: Biography, Secondary (senior high) school, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0374399883 9780374399887 0374430896 9780374430894
OCLC Number: 48057090
Awards: Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2003, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2003, ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003.
Description: 199 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Robert F. Sibert honor title; 2003; Michael Printz honor title, 2003; for book best exemplifying literary excellence in young adult literature.
Responsibility: Jack Gantos.
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From the Publisher: 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.

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A nice addition to any library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-09-24) Good Permalink

     Jack makes a mistake and is sent to prison.  Raises the question, is he sorry for what he did or only sorry he got caught?  Prison helps him focus on what he wants to do, write. Jack Gantos did a great job walking you through the rise and fall of his journey...
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