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Jack's New Power

Stories From a Caribbean Year

by Jack Gantos

Jack Henry has moved to the island of Barbados with his offbeat family and his secret diary. But still he can’t escape his penchant for wacky misadventure. Because of a headless chicken, he gets a violent case of blood poisoning. In a pepper-eating contest with his father, he discovers the perils of male bonding. And then he has his heartstrings twanged by an older woman who just happens to be his sister’s best friend.

These are just a few of his trials and tribulations in these eight fierce and funny stories, based on the author’s own childhood diaries.


  • Jack’s voice is completely original.
    — Kirkus Reviews
  • Jack Gantos has a way with boys, or a good memory for being one.
    — The New York Times Book Review
  • Sharp humor.
    — Booklist

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