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Jerry Spinelli - Author

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli is one of the most gifted storytellers in contemporary children's literature. A past winner of the Newbery Medal, his books include the critically-acclaimed Stargirl, The Mighty Crashman, Milkweed and Eggs. Jerry Spinelli lives with his wife, Eileen, who is also a writer, in Willistown, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America.

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I Can Be Anything!

I Can Be Anything!

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Board book Release Date: 30/04/2020

When I grow up, what shall I be? In this exuberant book, a little boy contemplates all the interesting and exciting things he could be when he grows up: everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder, from a baby sis soother to a snowball smoother. Newbery-Award winning author Jerry Spinelli's simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by internationally-renowned illustrator Jimmy Liao's vibrant and fantastical illustrations. Now available in a board book format, this imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and all the things life has to offer will make for the perfect graduation gift.

Warden's Daughter

Warden's Daughter

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

Warden's Daughter

Warden's Daughter

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2017

From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee, Stargirl) comes the "e;moving and memorable"e; (Kirkus Reviews, starred) story of a girl searching for happiness inside the walls of a prison. Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got. "e;Jerry Spinelli again proves why he's the king of storytellers"e; (Shelf Awarenss, starred) in this tale of a girl who learns that heroes can come in surprising disguises, and that even if we don't always get what we want, sometimes we really do get what we need. "e;This book is never boring and never predictable. Fame, good and bad fortune, friendship and mental illness all make their way into [Cammie's] narrative."e;The New York Times Book ReviewPraise for the works of Jerry Spinelli:';Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.' The New York Times';It's almost unreal how much the children's book still resonates.' Bustle.com on Maniac Magee

The Warden's Daughter

The Warden's Daughter

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Stargirl

Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Soon to be an original film on Disney+ streaming service! Before ELEANOR AND PARK, there was STARGIRL. The seminal life-affirming YA novel celebrating first love and self-acceptance - now in a beautiful new edition for the next generation of readers. She's as magical as the desert sky. As mysterious as her own name. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from. But everyone loves her for being different. And she captures Leo's heart with just one smile. STARGIRL is a classic of our time that celebrates being true to ourselves and the thrill of first love. A life-changing read that touches souls of all ages.

Jason and Marceline

Jason and Marceline

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2014

Jason and Marceline have been friends since the end of seventh grade. Now in ninth grade, Jason's starting to think that they could be more than friends, and Marceline's starting to think so, too. But does the beginning of romance mean the end of their friendship?

Bathwater Gang

Bathwater Gang

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2014

Bertie's all-girl gang becomes involved in a harmless but heartfelt war with an all-boy gang, until Bertie's grandmother steps in with a perfect solution.

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2014

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2014

Jeffrey Lionel "e;Maniac"e; Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolenand by a girl, no lesshis entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that's impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks.Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but the unwelcome arrival of night, as well.

Stargirl Collection

Stargirl Collection

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2012

This ebook collection contains the complete text of Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli's modern classic for young readers, and its acclaimed follow-up, Love, Stargirl.

Third Grade Angels

Third Grade Angels

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

The prequel to Fourth Grade Rats. George, aka "e;Suds,"e; has just entered third grade and is determined to win a "e;halo"e; - the award for the student that is best behaved. But he's finding that always being good is more stressful than he had anticipated. (Runtime 1 hour, 40 min)

Jake and Lily

Jake and Lily

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2012

This is a story about me, Lily.And me, Jake.We're twins and we're exactly alike.Not exactly!Whatever. This is a book we wrote about the summer we turned eleven and Jake ditched me.Please. I just started hanging out with some guys in the neighborhood.Right. So anyway, this is a book about goobers and supergoobersbulliesclubhousestrue friendsthings getting built and wrecked and rebuilt and about figuring out who we are.We wrote this together(sort of)so you'll get to see both sides of our story.But you'll probably agree with my side.You always have to have the last word, don't you?Yes!

Wringer

Wringer

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2009

Palmer LaRue is running out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, he's dreaded the day he turns ten -- the day he'll take his place beside all the other ten-year-old boys in town, the day he'll be a wringer. But Palmer doesn't want to be a wringer. It's one of the first things he learned about himself and it's one of the biggest things he has to hide. In Palmer's town being a wringer is an honor, a tradition passed down from father to son. Palmer can't stop himself from being a wringer just like he can't stop himself from growing one year older, just like he can't stand up to a whole town -- right? Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli's most powerful novel yet is a gripping tale of how one boy learns how not to be afraid.

The Mighty Crashman

The Mighty Crashman

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Crash Coogan is cool. He's the star of the school football team...and he's a bully. Penn Webb is small and weedy. Penn Webb hates violence. He's a 'Peace' badge-wearing vegetarian...and he wants to try out for the cheerleading team. Crash and Penn are not destined to get along. From the day Penn moves into the neighbourhood, Crash torments him mercilessly. But no humiliation seems to bring Penn down. Could it be that in some way he is actually stronger than Crash?

Eggs

Eggs

Author: Jerry Spinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2008

Nine-year-old David is sad and angry -- his mother has recently died in a freak accident and now he has to live with his grandmother, as his father is too busy to care for him. Then David meets thirteen-year-old Primrose, who has no dad, and a neglectful and eccentric mother. Together these two damaged children help each other to find what is missing in their lives...

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