From Norvelt to Nowhere

From Norvelt to Nowhere

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:

This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes, in From Norvelt to Nowhere , a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2013.
ISBN: 9781250062789
Branch Call Number: J FIC Ganto
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 19 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
JCLKinsleyR Apr 02, 2014

I really enjoyed Dead End in Norvelt but the second book, From Norvelt to Nowhere, just drug on. I think for me, I enjoyed the story and the history about Norvelt in the first book. All that was missing in the second book. By the end of story finally wraps up but only after many wild tales.

ChristchurchLib Dec 29, 2013

"Twelve-year-old Jack and his elderly neighbour Miss Volker return in this uproarious sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Dead End in Norvelt. It's 1962, and since Norvelt's founder, Eleanor Roosevelt, has just died, Jack and Miss Volker travel to New York to pay their respects at her grave. Their journey takes a sharp detour, however, and soon the companions are on a cross-country road trip in hot pursuit of a serial killer. Filled with unexpected twists and offbeat characters, this zany ride will keep you holding on tight until the last page." Kids' Books December 2013 newsletter

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top