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Dead End in Norvelt

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Gantos has written an entertaining story full of slightly weird characters that elegantly combines history (of the 1930s and 1960s) with a thriller element. So even if you’re not especially interested in historical facts, the Agatha Christie-like plot will easily get you interested in the story.


  • WINNER Newbery Medal 2012
  • WINNER Scott O'Dell Award (for Historical Fiction)


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  • SCHMIDT, Gary D.: The Wednesday Wars (Clarion 2007) Coming of age against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.
  • An Education (2009) Teenage girl is coming of age in the 1960s.
  • Mermaids (1990) Mother and her daughters move east to start a new life.
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Very young lovers escape from home. Set in the 60s.
  • The Wonder Years (1988-1993) TV-series about growing up in the 60s.
  • The Year My Voice Broke (1987) Australian love story set in 1962. Sequel: "Flirting".
  • Woodstock (1970) Chronicles the legendary festival 1o 1969.
  • BRAUTIGAN, Richard: The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 (Simon&Schuster 1971)
  • KING, Stephen: 11.22.63 (Hodder & Stoughton 2011)

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