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The Roundtable

Jack Gantos - The Trouble in Me

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Newbery Honor medalist Jack Gantos is no stranger to writing. He’s been writing since he was child, and as an adult, has engaged readers of all ages with his fictional books and novels. But in 2002 he penned a different story – the story of his life. His memoir Hole in My Life recounts his nail biting, heart breaking, and harrowing journey of smuggling hundreds of pounds of hash from the Virgin Islands to New York City, and his subsequent incarceration in a federal prison. The book garnered the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors. Now, almost two decades later, Jack Gantos focuses the lens on himself again, and the result is The Trouble in Me. Here we are brought into the mind and soul of a 14 year old Gantos, and the moments that set him on that troubled path recounted in Hole in My Life.

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