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National Book Festival

The creator of such beloved characters as Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos received the Newbery Medal in 2012 for “Dead End in Norvelt,” which features a 12-year-old boy named Jack Gantos. Several of Gantos’ other works and characters are also based on his life, such as Rotten Ralph, an aggressive cat he had as a pet. His books 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. Gantos’ latest work for children is the practical guide “Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

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Jack Gantos