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JACK GANTOS-Grew up in Norvelt, PN-Lived in Barbados-Wrote both novels and picture books-Became a writer in high school-Rotten Ralph in 1976
AWARDS-Michael L. Printz & Robert F. Sibert Honor-Newbery Honor-National Book Award Finalist
1962- WHAT’S HAPPENING? -Cold War -Civil Rights -Kennedy Presidency -Cuban Missile Crisis
COLD WAR (1945-1989)USA vs. USSR-The Red Scare-Arms Race-Space Race-End of the Cold War
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT’S IMPORTANCE-Changed the role of First Lady-Married to FDR-Advocate for Civil and Human Rights-Subsidized housing-Co-wrote Universal Declaration of Human Rights
OBITUARIES-Necrology -Record keeping of deaths-Types of Obituaries -Death Notice -Memorial Advertisement
SETTING-Norvelt, Pennsylvania-Summer of 1962-Rural-Cornfields-Small town life
MAJOR CHARACTERS-Jack Gantos-Mr. & Mrs. Gantos-Miss Volker-Bunny Huffer-Mr. Spizz
THEMES-Coming of Age-Death-Inner-Family Struggle-Society and Class-Community
QUESTIONS FOR READING1. What are some family similarities to modern day?2. What do Jack’s nosebleeds coincide with?3. How does social context affect the plot?4. How does Jack and Bunny’s relationship change?
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES-History Channel account of Cold War -http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war-Author’s Bio -http://www.jackgantos.com/bio-photos/