A very fast paced and funny read by the author of the Joey Pigza series. Here we have Dead End in Norvelt – the story of Jackie Gantos, which by the way, is also the name of the author. It is said that Gantos weaves a bit of his own life into the stories he writes, which is probably true for this one too, however if anyone had a childhood like Jackie Gantos, well, I’d be amazed! Jackie is ready to have a great summer vacation, yet his mom spoils his plans when she “loans him out” to a really strange neighbor who gives him the chore of typewriting out obituaries of the town’s founders. Yes, typewriting! (do kids know what a typewriter is anymore?!) It’s the most funny, peculiar and “no way – that can’t happen” sort of read. You can literally finish this book in half a day if no one interrupts you, and you’ll be very happy that you did. It does seem to drag down a bit towards the end, but that’s ok. Stick with it, you won’t be disappointed!