Young Jack Gantos is in
BIG trouble! He defied his fatherís instructions and
played with his antique Japanese rifle. He defied his
motherís instructions and chopped down her corn field.
Because of these two dumb moves, Jack is grounded for
the summer. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how he
looks at it), Jack can only leave the house to help old
Mrs. Volker write the obituaries of the original Norvelt
citizens who seem to be dropping like flies this summer.
Mrs. Volker not only schools Jack in the history of
Norvelt, but includes him in her medical examinerís role
when she examines the bodies of the dead. Unfortunately,
Jack is prone to nose bleeds every time he gets scared,
surprised, or grossed out, so viewing dead bodies isnít
at the top of his to-do list. The newspaper editor
thinks something sinister is happening to the old ladies
of Norvelt, and thinks Mrs. Volker is to blame. Is Jack
really working for a murderer?
Jack is sure it was an accident when his fatherís souvenir Japanese rifle fires while he is playing with it, but he has been grounded for the summer. The only thing his parents will allow him to do this summer is help his elderly neighbor write obituaries for the people who are dying in their town, and they sure seem to be dying off fast. Set in Norvelt, Pennsylvania, read this humorous mystery to find out why! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
|SUBJECTS: Behavior --
Old age -- Fiction.
Norvelt (Pa.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.