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Jack Adrift

Jack Adrift

by Jack Gantos
He's really at sea this time As the Henry family sets sail for a new life on Cape Hatteras, fourth-grader Jack is struggling to chart a course between his parents' contradictory advice on making friends and influencing people. Just tell people what they want to hear, Dad advises. Just tell the truth, Mom cautions. Jack finds there are no easy answers as he drifts through his crazy school year, falling desperately in love with his young teacher, getting suckered into becoming a bad-behavior spy for the principal, and being forced to make a presentable pet out of a duck with backward feet. Indeed, with an airheaded, air-guitar-playing neighbor the closest thing to a friend, and a judgmental older sister his relentless enemy, it's all he can do to stay afloat. This colorful and comic new collection of interrelated stories featuring the author's hapless alter ego is a prequel to the other four books in the Jack Henry series, praised by "Booklist "for their "hilarious, exquisitely painful, and utterly on-target depiction of the life of an adolescent and preadolescent boy."
Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
4.8
Lexile Measure
730L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
Q
Publisher
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
208
Genre
General Fiction

About the Author

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos got the idea for Joey Pigza when he was visiting a school in Pennsylvania, talking about writing.

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