Search Results: "Jerry Spinelli"


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SMILES TO GO by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Stargirl would approve. (Fiction. 11-14)"
It all starts with the death of a proton. Read full book review >

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JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2011

"Double the feelings, double the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As if growing up isn't hard enough, twins also have to face growing apart. Read full book review >

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STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Once again Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Newbery-winning Spinelli spins a magical and heartbreaking tale from the stuff of high school. Read full book review >

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WRINGER by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A story both comic and disturbing, this is lit by Palmer's growing courage and Dorothy's surprising loyalty. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The ghastliness of a local rite of passage gives this tale of a boy's inner battle between revulsion and his desire to fit in a whiff of Cormier—but with some belly laughs from Spinelli (The Library Card, p. 650, etc.) to lighten the load. Read full book review >

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LOVE, STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Those meeting Stargirl here for the first time will want to read the previous work to see if Leo is worthy of her devotion. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Susan "Stargirl" Caraway has moved to Pennsylvania, but as independent and free-spirited as she is, she can't seem to let go of Arizona and her old boyfriend Leo Borlock. Read full book review >

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FOURTH GRADE RATS by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Hurwitz league. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The latest Newbery winner spins a funny, light story about a couple of boys who take to heart a familiar chant: "First grade babies!/Second grade cats!/Third Grade angels!/Fourth grade rats!" Read full book review >

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DUMP DAYS by Jerry Spinelli
Released: May 2, 1988

"Should provide readers with enough offbeat vignettes of slightly rundown suburban life to carry them through some dog days of their own."
Two sixth-grade boys plan a perfect vacation day, but the reality is somewhat different from their expectations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A masterful, bittersweet recognition of coming-of-age. (Fiction. 10-13, adult)"
If childhood were a place…. Read full book review >

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EGGS by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"Elegant and memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It started with eggs—nine-year-old David on his way to an Easter egg hunt with his grandmother, 13-year-old Primrose living in an old Dodge van egged by local teenagers. Read full book review >

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MILKWEED by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Stunning. (Fiction. 9-14)"
When the reader first meets the narrator of this tale, he knows himself only as "Stopthief." Read full book review >

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MANIAC MAGEE by Jerry Spinelli
FICTION
Released: April 2, 1990

"The metaphorical style is a brave change from the realism of Spinelli's other books, while fans of his earlier, tongue-in-cheek, streetwise tone will find it also an integral part of this story—ballast for the mythic, shifting picture of Maniac's year on the run."
An occasionally long-winded, but always affecting, parable-like story about racism and ignorance. Read full book review >

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WHO PUT THAT HAIR IN MY TOOTHBRUSH? by Jerry Spinelli
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1984

Greg, 15, put that hair in the toothbrush of sister Megin, age twelve. Read full book review >