ISBN 978-0-7660-2756-5

Jack Gantos is the popular author of over a dozen books about Rotten Ralph, a mischievous cat, as well as the Jack Henry and Joey Pigza books. In
Jack Gantos: An Author Kids Love, based on an interview with Gantos, Parker-Rock tells all about Gantos’s childhood and his early days as a writer. Readers will also learn about how Gantos works, where he gets his ideas, and what advice he has for kids who want to be writers, too.

“...well-written and...useful for reports or pleasure reading.”
-Lincoln Public Schools, March 2009

“Readers will be well acquainted with this author after reading this intriguing book...and especially remarkable biograpy.”
-Eastern Washington Book Review Council, February 2009

“A good source for reports.”
-Infolink Book Evaluation Program, February 2009

“It is fascinating reading and fans will devour it.”
-Garland Independent School District, December 2008

“Great addition to our library.”
-Association of Regional XI School Libraries, October 2008

“Great resource for biographies, but also for developing writers.”
-Lincoln Public Schools, August 2008

“The life and work of Jack Gantos are briefly and engagingly introduced to intermediate students.”
-Seattle Public Schools, July 2008

“Very inspiring to read and great format that would be a good lead-in to motivate students...”
-Mt. Diablo Unified School District, May 2008

“...this entertaining profile of writer Gantos offers an account of his childhood and traces his life as a writer from his very first journal, begun when he was in sixth grade. ....is based on a live interview....many vivid quoted passages throughout the book derive from that interview. A glossary and lists of books and Internet sites are appended. Invitingly designed with colorful pages, relatively large type, and photos of Gantos at different ages, this book serves up and intriguing and very readable introduction to a popular author, and young aspiring writers will find plenty of good advice here as well.
-Booklist, April 2008, Carolyn Phelan

“This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of the well-respected and loved author Jack Gantos. The advice he gives young students is priceless....The author’s use of Gantos’s own words lets the reader into his creative process and introduces the reader to a skill that is important to all students, writing. The glossary in the back of the book is very useful for younger students, and the color pictures and print will entice students to pick up this book. Recommended. ”
-Library Media Connection, March 2008

“This is a quick read biography with enough information for beginning report writing or just for personal information about a favorite author.”
-Tri-State Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2008

“...a very nicely done biography...The book is carefully laid out to be reader friendly...There is plenty of advice to young writers from Gantos.”
-Irving Independent School District, February, 2008