Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade by Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos is back with more on the ever-moving Jack Henry and his family. This time, Jack gets to accompany his dad in the moving truck, and he can’t wait to see what adventures they’ll encounter on the way to Miami. The drive is long, and mostly uneventful, but there is a great moment at a truck stop. Jack’s dad says that truck stops are so great because you get a lot of good food for very little money. Jack’s dad orders a gigantic, $50 steak — but only because it will be free if he can eat it in less than an hour. I thought it would be a lesson in not taking on too big of a project, but it was just the opposite. Jack’s dad taught him that you can do anything if you put your mind to it! That is just what Jack needed to hear, and now he is inspired to start collecting all the life lessons his dad can offer. Complete with scrapbook-style illustrations of what Jack presses into his notebook, this book is sometimes gross, but always amusing. Keep a trash can nearby, though, when you read his short story on tapeworms!

Happy Reading!

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