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THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER MILKWEED HOKEY POKEY CRASH KNOTS IN MY YO-YO STRING
Read more extraordinary books from the author of STARGIRL! Heroes can be found where you least expect them. A young orphan and a hideous war--the unforgettable story of a boy on the run. Jack leaves the land of childhood behind in this unforgettable coming-of-age tale. The hilarious making--and unmaking--of a bully. The autobiography of the regular/amazing kid who will grow up to be the amazing/amazing writer, Jerry Spinelli.

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Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, the star of Spinelli's novel shares many of the mythical qualities as the protagonist of his Maniac Magee. Spinelli poses searching questions about loyalty to one's friends and oneself and leaves readers to form their own answers, said PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 12-up.
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"Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity." —The New York Times

“A magical and heartbreaking tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, [Stargirl] possesses many of the mythical qualities of Maniac Magee." —Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed." —The Detroit News and Free Press

"Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonderful tribute to nonconformity." —Chicago Tribune

"Throughout his career, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli has shown he’s a master of evoking the particular pangs felt in adolescence." —Time Magazine

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ember; Reprint edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 037582233X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0439444439
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 17 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 590L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.19 x 0.43 x 8 inches
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Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote "Goal to Go," a poem about the game's defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times-Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer.

After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but children's publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of children's books.

Spinelli's hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in My Yo-Yo String, as well as in his fiction. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book, while Maniac Magee is set in a fictional town based on his own hometown.

When asked if he does research for his writing, Spinelli says: "The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first 15 years of my life turned out to be one big research project. I thought I was simply growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania; looking back now I can see that I was also gathering material that would one day find its way into my books."

On inspiration, the author says: "Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey."

Spinelli lives with his wife and fellow writer, Eileen, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. While they write in separate rooms of the house, the couple edits and celebrates one another's work. Their six children have given Jerry Spinelli a plethora of clever material for his writing.

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