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Jerry Spinelli

Autor(a) de Stargirl

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About the Author

Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space mostrar mais Station 7th Grade in 1982. He has written over 30 books including The Bathwater Gang, Picklemania, Stargirl, Milkweed, and Mama Seeton's Whistle. In 1991, he won the Newbery Award for Maniac Magee. In 1998, Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (2000) 10,534 cópias
Maniac Magee (1990) 9,329 cópias
Loser (2003) 3,923 cópias
Wringer (1997) 3,556 cópias
Milkweed (1994) 3,014 cópias
Crash (1996) 2,503 cópias
Fourth Grade Rats (1991) 2,271 cópias
The Library Card (1997) 2,205 cópias
Eggs (2007) 1,572 cópias
Smiles to Go (2008) 1,391 cópias
Knots in My Yo-Yo String (1998) 1,153 cópias
Third Grade Angels (2012) 982 cópias
Do the Funky Pickle (1992) 608 cópias
Jake and Lily (2012) 527 cópias
Picklemania! (1993) 360 cópias
Hokey Pokey (2013) 355 cópias
Space Station Seventh Grade (1982) 328 cópias
The Warden's Daughter (2017) 309 cópias
I Can Be Anything! (2010) 284 cópias
Tooter Pepperday (1995) 155 cópias
Jason and Marceline (1986) 140 cópias
Dump Days (1988) 100 cópias
The Bathwater Gang (1990) 92 cópias
Stargirl Journal (2007) 88 cópias
Blue Ribbon Blues (1998) 83 cópias
Dead Wednesday (2021) 71 cópias
My Daddy and Me (2003) 61 cópias
Mama Seeton's Whistle (2015) 48 cópias
School Daze Collection (1993) 22 cópias
The Mighty Crashman (2002) 19 cópias
My Fourth of July (2019) 16 cópias
Jerry Spinelli Collection (2004) 10 cópias
Night of the Whale (1985) 7 cópias
Particelle atomiche (2022) 2 cópias
Magee, zis Maniacul 1 exemplar(es)
O MANÍACO MAGEE 1 exemplar(es)
Quarta elementare 1 exemplar(es)
Mongoose [novelette] — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
His Promised Land 1 exemplar(es)
Milkweed: Novel-Ties Study Guide (2006) 1 exemplar(es)
Zinkoff, el inútil 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuinte — 771 cópias
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuinte — 353 cópias
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contribuinte — 279 cópias
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases (2008) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
Connections (1989) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



YA boy coming of age from 80's or 90's em Name that Book (Novembro 2011)


Independent Reading Level: Grade 4
dwtolson | outras 18 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |
A girl holding pebbles
To measure happiness instead of hate.
A galaxy of love between two covers.
pianistpalm91 | outras 101 resenhas | Apr 7, 2024 |
I remember reading this book when i was in elementary school. I remember enjoying it alot. While I didn’t really resonate with the character, I really felt sympathy for him.
cmmeza0709 | outras 73 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
Rebecca Vogelezang Goodreads.com Review:
For starters, this is one of Spinelli's books that's maybe meant for a little bit more mature of an audience - we've got gross tongue kissing and ear licking (ew!) and a few other details that definitely pushes this into a Middle Grades book.

That being said, there are lots of things that make this a great read for middle schoolers. First, it's pretty clear straight from the start this is a book about challenging gender norms. At the same time, there are some dynamics in here that didn't follow the usual trope. Maisie's best friend is disgusted when Maisie tries out for the wrestling team. The entire book I waited for Maisie and Holly to make up, but they never did! Paint me surprised - best friends in middle grades books nearly ALWAYS get "back together" after the best friend realizes how brave the other was being by going against gender norms. We don't get that here and I LIKE IT. It feels much more realistic. I also like Maisie as a narrator. She's funny and a tad dramatic but not in an over the top way.

Some things I didn't like and that need to be called out. There's some non-sexual fetishization of darker skin in here. Maisie's friend Tina visits her home and Maisie's little sister is shocked by Tina's skin color. She immediately touches her face and asks if she too can grow up to be brown. Whether you read this with your class or if your child reads this independently, a conversation needs to be had around this scene and the inappropriateness of TK's actions. Black and brown folks aren't part of the world for white folks to touch and gawk over.

Overall, this book had me laughing quite a few times and I think it's worth the read!
… (mais)
MamaBearLendingDen | outras 4 resenhas | Mar 29, 2024 |



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