Study Guide

Dead End in Norvelt Characters

By Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos

Jack is our hero—but to be honest, he's not much of a hero, at least at first. Instead,...

Miss Volker

Miss Volker is Norvelt's medical examiner and obituary writer. Well-respected in the town (though...

Jack's Mother (Mrs. Gantos)

Jack's mom embodies the spirit and values of the original Norvelt: she is community-focused and...

Jack's Father (Mr. Gantos)

Well, they do say opposites attract, right? That's about the only reason we can imagine why...

Stella "Bunny" Huffer

Bunny is Jack's best friend (not to mention his foil—check out the "Character Roles"...

Mr. Spizz

Think of Mr. Spizz as a more sinister version of Henry from Eureka: he's a jack-of-all-trades, a...

Mr. Huffer

Mr. Huffer owns the funeral parlor that sponsors Jack's baseball team, and, more importantly,...

Girl Scouts (Mertie-Jo Kernecky and Betsy Howdi)

There aren't too many other kids in Dead End in Norvelt—but there are a couple of girl...

Mr. Greene

Mr. Greene is the publisher of the Norvelt News. We don't see much of him (only when Jack...

The Old Ladies

The poor old women who are poisoned are mostly plot devices that move the action of the novel...

Hells Angels

It's not too surprising that, with a name like Hells Angels, these guys are bad news. (Although...

Miss Volker's Sister

We never actually meet Miss Volker's sister (she doesn't even get a name), because she left her...

The Farrier

Here's another unnamed character who seems to be here pretty much to teach a lesson: don't make...

Dr. Metz and Mrs. Woodcliff

Dr. Metz is the town doctor, and—Mrs. Woodcliff is his receptionist. Dr. Metz recommends...