||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."