Hole in My Life is an American autobiography of Jack Gantos and was published by Macmillan Publishers in In the book was honored with Michael. Teenage readers will appreciate Jack Gantos’s frankness in his jail memoir, Hole in My Life, says Keith Gray. After penning a number of novels for preteens, including the Joey Pigza books and the Jack series, Gantos makes a smooth transition as he addresses an older .

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On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. And I guess knowing that only encouraged me to use Karamazov for my journal. Printz Winners and Honor Books”. Plus the fact that it was real made it more serious and entertaining.

Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos – Reading Guide – : Books

No trivia or quizzes yet. However, after a year and a half in prison he applied to college, was accepted. Gantos continued writing children’s books and began teaching courses in children’s book writing.

This book was really good at changing the readers side for different characters.

Hole In My Life Reader’s Guide

Jack Gantos writes children’s books. I listened to the audio which Gantos himself narrates which made this story all the more poignant.

He probably didn’t want the level of violence and sex among both prisoners and guards to be documented. Gantos was relatively lucky in that he worked in the prison hospital as an x-ray technician, so he learned a valuable skill – but not all prisoners had similar opportunities. Yole ship was impounded and the fbi was looking for them. The New Ganttos Times. Jan 12, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: After his senior year in high school where he lived in a welfare motel he moved to a Caribbean island St Croix and began to train lufe a builder.


They should be held accountable to some degree, but in that kind of situation, prison is only going to ruin lives – not save them. I finally picked hooe the book and it really surprised me that the cool author that I had met and had written all the quirky Joey Pigza books that I loved as a kid had been a criminal.

The messed up life that Jack has to live through. I would definitely use this for a HS recommendation.

Jack Gantos

What strikes me here is that despite his determination to receive parole and the work he puts into getting into college, Gantos the author remains insightful about Gantos the character in the book, and that character’s blindness to his own indomitable spirit. He does not excuse himself and he does not justify his actions.

See all 20 questions about Hole in My Life…. It also perhaps serves as an illustration of the workings of an adolescent mind bereft of strong family support.

I read this quickly and with moderate interest as to what would happen to young Jack in his journeys, both literal as he ferried drugs and figurative. The book then goes on to provide an oife examination of the sensitive and intelligent boy residing behind a tough facade. His advice was uncommonly practical, with an emphasis on story structure that has proven very useful. View Full Version of PW.


He is young and foolish and believes in some way in his own invincibility, until it all comes crashing down around him in the form of a federal indictment on drug smuggling charges.

On Reading Rockets he tells of the development of Rotten Ralph, the cat character based on a gantso he once owned. But what was inspiring was that he had always wanted to be an author and even through all the crazy experiences and circumstances he went through, he was able to achieve his goal.

Hole in My Life – Jack Gantos – Google Books

Printz Award winners Memoir stubs. Read an excerpt Download the study guide. His story about growing up poor, having to make his own way, and getting caught in a mess of trouble when he runs some hash from St.

Despite thinking vaguely, “Boy, dude, that was a dumb decision,” the reader can simultaneously sympathize with nearly every decision he makes–which surprised me, as someone who could never imagine doing what he did. Hole in my Life 1 4 Mar 11, Jun 28, Borax rated it liked it. Although he wasn’t allowed to keep a journal, his lifeline was a battered copy of The Brothers Karamazovin which he scratched his thoughts, fears and everything he saw around him in the tiny spaces between the lines.