• Happy (late) 80th, Jerry Spinelli! (Newbery Medalist: Maniac Magee, 199

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 14 13:20:21 2021
    His birthday was on Feb. 1st. He lives in Willistown, Pennsylvania.

    So far, he's written at least three dozen books. Wringer (1997) won a Newbery Honor.

    Incredibly, this was the ONLY birthday tribute I could find:


    About Maniac Magee:
    "...about an athletically gifted boy whose accomplishments ignite legends about him. Jeffrey Magee, a Caucasian boy nicknamed Maniac, is an orphan who has run away from his foster home. His search for a loving household is problematic in the racially
    divided town of Two Mills. Maniac's first stay is with a black family, but after racist graffiti is spray-painted on their house, he leaves. He spends several happy months with an old man in a park equipment room, but the man eventually dies. Maniac then
    moves into a white family's house that is filled with roaches, alcohol, and cursing. The sons are gang members and the entire family is racist. Maniac then tries his greatest feat--to initiate better relations between blacks and whites in Two Mills."

    About one of his more popular novels, Stargirl (2000):

    "Stargirl focuses on nonconformity and popularity. When the eponymous protagonist enters all-white middle-class Mica High School in Arizona, she attracts considerable notice for her off-beat behavior, odd clothing, and her habit of cheering for both
    sides after making the cheerleading squad. Though Stargirl is initially admired, when she does not conform to the culture of her new school she finds herself 'dropped' by her supposed friends."

    (includes booklist, awards, and long article on his work)


    (25 Kirkus reviews)

    (reader reviews)



    Space Station Seventh Grade, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1982.
    Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1984.
    Night of the Whale, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1985.
    Jason and Marceline, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1986.
    Dump Days, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1988.

    Maniac Magee, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1990.
    The Bathwater Gang, illustrated by Meredith Johnson, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1990.
    There's a Girl in My Hammerlock, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1991.
    Fourth Grade Rats, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991.
    School Daze: Report to the Principal's Office, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991. Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole?, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1992.
    Do the Funky Pickle, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1992.
    The Bathwater Gang Gets down to Business, illustrated by Meredith Johnson, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1992.
    Picklemania, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1993.
    Tooter Pepperday: A Tooter Tale, illustrated by Donna Nelson, Random House (New York, NY), 1995.
    Crash, Knopf (New York, NY), 1996.
    The Library Card, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.
    Wringer, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1997.
    Blue Ribbon Blues: A Tooter Tale, illustrated by Donna Nelson, Random House (New York, NY), 1998.
    Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid, Knopf (New York, NY), 1998.

    Stargirl, Knopf (New York, NY), 2000.
    Loser, Joanna Cotler Books (New York, NY), 2002.
    Milkweed, Knopf (New York, NY), 2003.
    My Daddy and Me, illustrated by Seymour Chwast, Random House (New York, NY), 2003.
    Eggs, Little, Brown (New York, NY), 2007.
    Love, Stargirl (sequel to Stargirl), Knopf (New York, NY), 2007.
    Smiles to Go, Joanna Cotler Books (New York, NY), 2008.
    (With Eileen Spinelli) Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself, illustrated by Julia Rothman, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 2009.

    I Can Be Anything, illustrated by Jimmy Liao, Little, Brown (New York, NY), 2010.
    Hokey Pokey, Alfred A. Knopf for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2013.
    Mama Seeton's Whistle, Little Brown and Company (New York, NY), 2015.
    The Warden's Daughter, Yearling (New York, NY), 2018.
    Loser: Why Fit in When You Can Stand Out? Harper Collins (New York, NY), 2018. My Fourth of July, Neal Porter Books (New York, NY), 2019.


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