Jack Gantos


For Writing Your Own Stories

Writing Radar

Jack Gantos shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.

Writing Radar

For Early Readers

Rotten Ralph Picture Books

Rotten Ralph is a very very nasty cat who enjoys playing pranks on his human family.

Rotten Ralph

Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers

Rotten Ralph Helps Out
Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph
Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten
Best in Show for Rotten Ralph
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family
Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph

For Middle Grades

The Norvelt Books

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

The series begins when Jack’s mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. 

Dead End in Norvelt
From Norvelt to Nowhere

The Jack Henry Series

Jack’s life is a crazy roller-coaster ride. His family is always moving, he suffers under desperate crushes, and he’s constantly facing crazy teachers, pesky siblings, and weird neighbors. To help him get through the good days and bad days, Jack writes in his diary. As The School Library Journal put it, Jack’s “a survivor, an ‘everyboy’ whose world may be wacko but whose heart and spirit are eminently sane.”

Jack Adrift
Jack on the Tracks
Heads or Tails
Jack's New Power
Jack's Black Book

The Joey Pigza Series

Joey Pigza’s got heart, he’s got a mom who loves him, and he’s got “dud meds,” which is what he calls the ADHD pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn’t stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza Loses Control
What Would Joey Do?
I am Not Joey Pigza
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza

For Older Readers

Hole in my Life
Desire Lines
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
The Trouble in Me