Desire Lines by Jack Gantos

Desire Lines

Written by Jack Gantos
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Desire Lines by Jack Gantos

Sixteen-year-old Walker has accidentally discvered that two female classmates are lovers. When a rabid evangelical preacher arrives in their town, a witch-hunt is launched against gay students and Walker, for some reason, is the prime target. Walker knows the quickest way to divert the attention would be to give away the girls' secret - but should he sacrifice their peace of mind for his? A powerful, unusual and thought-provoking read from an award-winning author.


Desire Lines has both depth and meaning and explores the more serious side of life in an accessible, interesting way * Teen Titles * A powerful and compelling book. * Children's book News Ireland * It is moving and memorable. . . Most of all, it is the analysis of Walker's own self-doubt, anxiety and pain that makes this such a raw if depressing novel -- David Self * TES * A darker, older read, which encompasses good, evil, resistance to temptation, homophobia and the collapse of civilisation . . . written in a prose as assured as Scott Fitzgerald's -- Michael Thorn * Scotsman * Reminiscent of Cormier * Inis *

About the Author

Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. He remembers a lot of "pass the chalk" in Mrs. Neiderheizer's first grade. He was in the Bluebird reading group, which he later found out was for the slow readers. To this day he'd rather be called a Bluebird than a slow reader. His favorite game at that time was pretending that his clothes were on fire and rolling down a hill to save himself.

When he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British school, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing. Students were friendly but fiercely competitive, and the teachers made learning a lot of fun. By fifth grade, he had managed to learn 90 percent of what he knows to this very day.

When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. His greatest wish in life is to replace trailer parks, which he thinks will eliminate most of the targets for tornadoes and educate an entire generation of great kids who now go to schools that are underfunded and substandard.

The seeds for Jack's writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided that he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers' lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories.

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160 pages


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Definitions an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

23rd October 2012



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