Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade (Jack Henry, 2)
by Jack Gantos
A prequel to Heads or Tails: Stories from the Sixth Grade Inspired by the author's childhood diaries, this new collection of Jack Henry stories depicts a fifth-grade year to end all fifth-grade years. Living in a Miami rental home with a busy railroad track running a stone's throw from the backyard, the author's alter ego is plagued by a know-it-all older sister, a bizarre Francophile teacher, a series of crazed cats, a slightly off-kilter father, a tapeworm, and a pair of escaped convicts -- to name just a few of his antagonists. But for Jack Henry, hailed by School Library Journal as "an 'everyboy' whose world may be wacko but whose heart and spirit are eminently sane," no matter how rough the ride, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Author: Jack Gantos
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: 2001-09-12