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Jerry Spinelli

Master Teller of Teen Tales

Series: Authors Teens Love

By John Micklos, Jr.

Since his first book, SPACE STATION SEVENTH GRADE, was published in 1982, Jerry Spinelli has written more than 20 books. Many of the scenes in these books come from Spinelli’s vivid memories of growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the 1940s and 1950s. Memories of baseball games, races, and friendships find their way into many of his books, including the Newbery Medal-winning MANIAC MAGEE and other highly acclaimed books such as WRINGER, STARGIRL, LOSER, and MILKWEED.

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". . . useful as a source for report writing . . . It holds plentiful amounts of information . . ."

South Sound Book Review Council, September 10, 2008

"It's written in a way that does not talk down to kids and should inspire new authors."

Association of Region XI School Libraries, April 2007

". . . interesting and informative book . . . Crisply written . . . It also imparts some literary criticism of Spinelli’s works."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2007

". . . well researched and interestingly written . . . a good read for elementary and middle school students."

Garland Independent School District, December 6, 2007

"This book does an excellent job of describing how author Jerry Spinelli draws on his 1950’s childhood memories to write popular books for today’s youth."

Book Buzz, February 2010

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