Congratulations to Jack Gantos for winning the John Newbery Award for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature!
For those of you who don't know, Jack grew up in Norvelt, Pennsylvania (born in Mount Pleasant), and his mother still lives in the area. The book that won him the award was Dead End in Norvelt, released last September. If you ever have the chance to see Mr. Gantos speak live, I would highly recommend it.
Again, congratulations to one of our own!