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Jerry Spinelli

“Whom do I write for? I write for the story. Each story, it seems to me, knows best how it should be told. As I once put my ear to the railroad track, I listen now for the voice of my story.”—Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal, and Stargirl a New York Times bestseller and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Spinelli made his picture book debut with My Daddy and Me, a loving tribute to fathers and sons.


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Blue Ribbon Blues
Written by Jerry Spinelli, Illustrated by Donna Kae Nelson
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | February 1998
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88753-9 (0-679-88753-9)

Ever since her family moved to Aunt Sally's farm, Tooter's known that farm life is definitely not for her. There's no pizzeria  for miles, her nearest neighbor is a dumb boy, and even her own pet chicken hates her! So Tooter decides to show everyone what she's made of by winning the... Read more






Crash
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | May 2004
$6.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-23857-7 (0-440-23857-9)

Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of  cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.  


From the Trade Paperback edition. Read more






Crash
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Yearling | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88550-4 (0-679-88550-1)

Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of  cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.   Read more






Hokey Pokey
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Yearling | Trade Paperback | April 22, 2014
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-42051-4 (0-440-42051-2)

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... Read more






Hokey Pokey
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | January 2013
$15.99/18.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-83198-0 (0-375-83198-3)

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... Read more






Knots in My Yo-Yo String
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Ember | Trade Paperback | April 1998
$10.99/11.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88791-1 (0-679-88791-1)

"A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" (The Washington Post),  Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction. From first memories through high school, including... Read more






Love, Stargirl
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Ember | Trade Paperback | April 2009
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-85644-0 (0-375-85644-7)

A beloved New York Times bestseller—now in trade paperback!

Love, Stargirl
picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from... Read more






Love, Stargirl
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | August 2007
$16.99/21.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-81375-7 (0-375-81375-6)

LOVE, STARGIRL picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than... Read more






Milkweed
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Ember | Trade Paperback | March 2010
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86147-5 (0-375-86147-5)

A stunning novel of the Holocaust from a Newbery Medalist

He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham.

He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He's a boy who steals food for himself, and the other orphans. He's a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and... Read more






Milkweed
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | September 2005
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-42005-7 (0-440-42005-9)

He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham.

He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the other orphans. He’s a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who... Read more






My Daddy and Me
Written by Jerry Spinelli, Illustrated by Seymour Chwast
Dragonfly Books | Trade Paperback | December 2006
$6.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-11303-7 (0-553-11303-8)

I can’t wait for my daddy to come home from work. There are so many things to do!

In a loving tribute to fathers and sons, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and New Yorker artist Seymour Chwast join talents to celebrate the very best moment of the day: when daddy comes home. Read more






Stargirl
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | May 2004
$6.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-41677-7 (0-440-41677-9)

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted... Read more






Stargirl
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Ember | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-82233-9 (0-375-82233-X)

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted... Read more






Stargirl
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | August 2000
$16.99/21.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88637-2 (0-679-88637-0)

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted... Read more






Today I Will
Written by Jerry Spinelli and Eileen Spinelli
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | October 2009
$15.99/19.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-84057-9 (0-375-84057-5)

Reassuring advice for every day of the year

From an esteemed husband-and-wife team comes a book of daily advice and insight. In dated entries meant to be read one per day, the Spinellis open with a brief quote from children’s literature, write a paragraph of lively advice inspired by that quote... Read more






Tooter Pepperday
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-84702-1 (0-679-84702-2)

The Pepperday family is moving to Aunt Sally’s farm. Mr. Pepperday, Mrs. Pepperday, and Chuckie Pepperday are happy as hogs in slop. But Tooter Pepperday is not. There’s no cable TV, no playground, and she’s gone three days without pizza! What does a girl have to do to show her family... Read more





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