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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
Dead End in Norvelt Chapter 28 Summary
Jack writes an obituary all on his own (for the deer), and then his dad gives him the fatal bullet. He has another momentous realization: he feels "different" from himself, and senses something is about to change within him (28.11). Jack receives a phone call from Mr. Spizz, who informs him that Miss Volker is tied up—literally—in her basement. See, Mr. Spizz confessed to poisoning all of the dead people so she would finally marry him. He has also left town in Miss Volker's car (which is supposed to be Jack's eventually). Jack connects the deer's obituary with a historical person: Virginia Dare, "the first English child born in America" (28.47). Time to wrap things up: Jack's Dad decides not to build the bomb shelter. He tells Jack to fill it in (but not now). Mr. Greene prints Jack's obituary of the deer in the newspaper. Jack's dad picks him up at the baseball game. In his airplane. The pair throws water balloons at the Viking drive-in movie theater screen. But wait: the balloons are filled with red paint, and not just water. Jack doesn't like this at all (well, obviously, this is a really mean prank), and schools his dad in how this "joke" is not funny. It's scaring people. Not wanting to play his dad's games, Jack demands that he take him back down. And we close with Jack composing his own obituary, in which he reminds himself that he will continue to get in trouble unless he remembers his history.
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