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No matter what the game, Zinkoff never wins. The kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. With some of his finest writing to date, Newbery Medal-winning author Spinelli uses wit and emotion to create the unique story of boy as he travels from first through sixth grade.
Jerry Spinelli first became a published author at the age of 16, when his town newspaper published his poem about the local football team. His first book for children, SPACE STATION SEVENTH GRADE, was published in 1982. In 1990, Spinelli won both the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for his novel MANIAC MAGEE.
"[A] steady look at a marginalized child that readers will see past limiting social categories or awkward outsides to the complex mix of past, present, and promise at the core of every individual. A masterful character portrait; here's one loser who will win plenty of hearts."
"This is a quietly sensitive analysis of an individual, the swells and eddies of group dynamics, and the effects of the group and the individual upon each other, couched in terms to which young readers can relate....This is a deft balance of the straightforward and the unusual, and as a result many readers will travel someplace they'd never expected to: somebody else's shoes."
From the Publisher
You grow up with a kid but you never really notice him. He's just there--on the street, the playground, the neighborhood. He's part of the scenery. Like the parked cars and green plastic cans on trash day.
Donald Zinkoff cherishes his school, Satterfield Elementary, until the coming of fourth grade, when the big kids start to pick on the little kids, Donald among them. The cruelties of bullying are balanced by firm love from family and neighbors. Named one of the Best Children's Books 2002 by Publishers Weekly.
There are winners everywhere .... The sidewalks. The backyards. The alleyways. The playgrounds ...Except for Zinkoff. Zinkoff never wins.But Zinkoff doesn't notice. Neither do the other pups.Not yet.Zinkoff is like all kids -- running, playing, riding his bike. Hoping for snow days, wanting to be his dad when he grows up.Zinkoff is not like the other kids -- raising his hand with all the wrong answers, tripping over his own feet, falling down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." The kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it.Once again, Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli uses great wit and humor to create the unique story of Zinkoff as he travels from first through sixth grades. Loser is a touching book about the human spirit, the importance of failure, and how any name can someday be replaced with "hero."