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Hole in My Life (Paperback)

Author:  Jack Gantos Read By:  Jack Gantos
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374399883
ISBN-13: 9780374399887
Sku: 30872117
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  18 to 23
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Gantos was an aspiring writer who needed money and adventure. He got more than he bargained for when he was arrested for smuggling hash on a 60-foot yacht. Here he pieces together how he became, and overcame, the odds of a successful life.
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Becoming a writer the hard way.|In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.|In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. 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. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos -- once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell -- moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.
Gantos, the well-known author of the Rotten Ralph picture books and young adult novels such as JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY and JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL, shares the true story of how he was arrested and sent to jail for drug dealing. Reflecting on his childhood, his education, and his time in jail, Gantos explores how he stopped merely dreaming of becoming a writer and actually became one, and talks about how his writing helped him survive his years in prison.


New York Times Book Review
"For us fellow veterans of a misspent youth who were not caught, HOLE IN MY LIFE is a ghost-ridden parable of what might have been. For young people today who may be flirting with felonious adventure, it can be a powerful cautionary tale from a man who knows what he's talking about. But most important, for those who did commit crimes and were caught, this is a tale of courage and redemption proving that a bad start in life does not have to lead to a bad life story." - Tom Bodett 05/19/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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