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"Dead End in Norvelt" by Jack Gantos is the story of a twelve-year-old who happens to have the same name as the author - Jack Gantos. The story takes place in the early 1960s and opens with Jack standing on a bench in his backyard trying to see the movie playing at the nearby drive-in. Jack is using Japanese military binoculars that his father brought home from his tour of duty as a Marine in World War II. A war movie is playing, and Jack is so enthralled that he wants to be part of it.
Jack runs and gets a Japanese rifle so he can pretend to shoot the enemies on the drive-in screen. That's where his problems begin. He fires the gun just as a bad guy emerges from the bushes and he fires. Unknown to him, the rifle was loaded. The fire power knocks him off...