If you go
What: Jack Gantos
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Wenatchee Public Library
WENATCHEE — Jack Gantos, the nationally-acclaimed author of the children’s series “Rotten Ralph” and “Joey Pigza” will speak at Wenatchee Public Library tonight at 7.
Gantos is on tour with “From Norvelt to Nowhere,” the sequel to his 2012 Newbery Medal winner “Dead End in Norvelt.” It’s about a pair of unlikely traveling companions — a 12-year-old boy Jack and his elderly teacher Miss Volker — who track down a murderer on the run in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
His Joey Pigza series included “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a Newbery Honor Book, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a finalist for the National Book Award.
Gantos also writes novels for adults, most recently his memoir “A Hole in My Life.” The book details his colorful past, from his early years as a slow-reader-turned-book-worm, to his teenage romp into the Caribbean drug trade. His story of moving on from his short-lived career as a drug smuggler to children’s author was recently featured on NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” in January last year.