Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos audiobook

Hole In My Life

By Jack Gantos
Read by Jack Gantos

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In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer desperate for adventure, college cash, 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 hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents finally caught up to them in a bust at the Chelsea Hotel. For his part in the conspiracy, the twenty-year-old Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.             In Hole in My Life, this acclaimed author of more than 30 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 intense moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a smuggler, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos—once he found himself locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell—moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how this newfound dedication helped him endure the worst experience of his life.

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Summary

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A 2003 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book

A 2007 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Winner of Printz Honors, 2003

In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer desperate for adventure, college cash, 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 hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents finally caught up to them in a bust at the Chelsea Hotel. For his part in the conspiracy, the twenty-year-old Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.             In Hole in My Life, this acclaimed author of more than 30 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 intense moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a smuggler, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos—once he found himself locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell—moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how this newfound dedication helped him endure the worst experience of his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Gantos’s] account is remarkably free of both self-pity and self-censorship…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.” New York Times Book Review
“A memoir, by turns harrowing and hilarious, about a huge mistake.” Miami Herald
“This true tale of the worst year in the author’s life will be a big surprise for his many fans…This is a story of mistakes, dues, redemption, and finally success at what he always wanted to do: write books… Not the usual ‘How I Became a Writer’ treatise, it is an honest, utterly compelling, and life-affirming chronicle of a personal journey for older teens and adults.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Jack Gantos

Author Bio: Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.34
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English