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Loser (Hardcover)

Author:  Jerry Spinelli
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060001933
ISBN-13: 9780060001933
Sku: 30891201
Publish Date: 5/1/2002
Pages:  192
Age Range:  8 to 12
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. (from the first line)
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.
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Zinkoff is unlike other kids in school and so doesn't worry about coming in last place or always having the wrong answers, despite the teasing and comments he gets from those around him, in a tale about maintaining individuality amidst pressures of fitting in with the crowd. 75,000 first printing.
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.
Author Bio
Jerry Spinelli
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.


Kirkus Reviews
"[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." 4/01/2002

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"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." - Janice M. Del Negro May 2002

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