Monday, August 31, 2015

Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of the Fifth Grade by Jack Gantos

When Jack Henry's family moves to their new home in Miami, Jack is hoping for a fresh start. Unfortunately, his hopes are dashed because he still has a mean older sister, an annoying younger brother, and Jack still attracts weird new friends. But in his fifth-grade year, a smattering of absurd occurrences cause Jack to rethink his life's decisions...or to just ignore the consequences of those decisions for as long as humanly possible.

Written as a type of autobiography based on his own diaries, Gantos relates nine stories that affected his decade of living. Readers will cringe, gasp, and laugh-out-loud at the aspects of Jack Henry's life. From his fascination with bugs to finding the family cat dead in the fridge, Gantos gives a true voice to the thoughts and feelings of a fifth-grade boy. This is apart of Gantos Jack Henry series. The other books are Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue; Heads or Tails: Stories of the Sixth Grade; Jack's New Power: Stories from a Caribbean Year; and Jack's Black Book: What Happens When You Flunk an IQ Test.  

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