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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 por Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (2000) 10,245 exemplares
Maniac Magee (1990) 9,041 exemplares
Loser (2003) 3,791 exemplares
Wringer (1997) 3,469 exemplares
Milkweed (1994) 2,919 exemplares
Crash (1996) 2,434 exemplares
Love, Stargirl (2007) 2,341 exemplares
Fourth Grade Rats (1991) 2,172 exemplares
The Library Card (1997) 2,115 exemplares
Eggs (2007) 1,532 exemplares
Smiles to Go (2008) 1,342 exemplares
Knots in My Yo-Yo String (1998) 1,125 exemplares
Report to the Principal's Office (1991) 940 exemplares
Third Grade Angels (2012) 927 exemplares
Do the Funky Pickle (1992) 593 exemplares
Jake and Lily (2012) 505 exemplares
There's a Girl in My Hammerlock (1991) 497 exemplares
Picklemania! (1993) 353 exemplares
Hokey Pokey (2013) 341 exemplares
Space Station Seventh Grade (1982) 318 exemplares
The Warden's Daughter (2017) 296 exemplares
I Can Be Anything! (2010) 276 exemplares
The Stargirl Collection (2-in-1) (2007) 245 exemplares
Tooter Pepperday (1995) 142 exemplares
Jason and Marceline (1986) 136 exemplares
Dump Days (1988) 96 exemplares
The Bathwater Gang (1990) 92 exemplares
Stargirl Journal (2007) 88 exemplares
Blue Ribbon Blues (1998) 78 exemplares
Dead Wednesday (2021) 63 exemplares
My Daddy and Me (2003) 58 exemplares
Mama Seeton's Whistle (2015) 45 exemplares
School Daze Collection (1993) 21 exemplares
The Mighty Crashman (2002) 18 exemplares
My Fourth of July (2019) 14 exemplares
Jerry Spinelli Collection (2004) 10 exemplares
Night of the Whale (1985) 7 exemplares
Particelle atomiche (2022) 2 exemplares
His Promised Land 1 exemplar
Mongoose [novelette] — Autor — 1 exemplar
O MANÍACO MAGEE 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuidor — 760 exemplares
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuidor — 337 exemplares
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contribuidor — 272 exemplares
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases (2008) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Connections (1989) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



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


I feel like Stargirl is a strange little book, but it's a good kind of strange. The kind of strange that makes a bit more sense as an adult.

From an adult's point of view, Stargirl feels like an examination on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope in a middle/high school setting with that middle/high school lens. You admire what's different and strange, you crave it, you want it for your own, but once you have it, appreciating it as it is becomes difficult since society (and you yourself) may want to change that strange, unusual and precious thing. Stargirl herself is a manic pixie dream girl for our main character, but we also see her growing and changing both for the betterment of the strained society that is high school, but also for herself. The story feels incomplete, but that's because our characters, and our titular Stargirl is still growing and still writing her life's story.

To my surprise, this book ended up getting a musical adaptation on Disney+ - and it's pretty faithful to the book save for changing up a few details regarding the main character's backstory (swapping out an uncle for a father), and some details with Stargirl's clothing choices (though I imagine that was just fashion crew having fun when filming), and the songs really helped bring the story to life in movie form.
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AuthorSSD | 371 outras críticas | Nov 30, 2023 |
Great. About the lemming problem in high school, blown chances, artificial popularity. good stuff
nogomu | 371 outras críticas | Oct 19, 2023 |
If only they still made afterschool specials this would totally be in the running for production.
MsTera | 371 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2023 |
“…the history of a kid is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball.”

Homelessness = sad. Allergic to pizza? Devastating! 😆 But in all seriousness, this is a pretty decent read, that touches on issues of homelessness and race. Maybe 'lightly' touches is a more accurate description, as someone as famous as Maniac would probably not be allowed to be unhoused and not in school in a 'real' town, East End or West End. And the really uninformed things some of the white people 'say' in this book seem otherworldly ignorant, and I wondered several times what year this was supposed to be occurring in? (yes, I do know how ignorant some folks are, but many of the questions that Grayson asks are just... come on!)

At the end of the book, I just hoped Maniac would end up in school and using his physical gifts to his benefit! As a baseball nut myself, I hope he ended up on the diamond!
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Stahl-Ricco | 232 outras críticas | Sep 4, 2023 |



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