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Jerry Spinelli. By: Madi Denton, McKenzie Manning, Maleya Fleming, and James Glass. Table of Constance. Childhood Family Books he wrote Career Book Overviews Book Talks and Reader chair prompts! Timeline Compare and Contrast Word Search Puzzle. Childhood.

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Jerry spinelli

Jerry Spinelli

By: Madi Denton, McKenzie Manning, Maleya Fleming, and James Glass

Table of constance
Table of Constance

  • Childhood

  • Family

  • Books he wrote

  • Career

  • Book Overviews

  • Book Talks and Reader chair prompts!

  • Timeline

  • Compare and Contrast

  • Word Search Puzzle


  • Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

  • He went to Gettysburg College & John Hopkins University

  • Born on Feb. 01, 1941

  • When growing up he wanted to be a baseball player or a cowboy.

  • Began writing when he was 16 after is High school won a football game.

  • Played little league in Junior High and High School.

  • Spent free time when a child doing sports, races, bikes, yo-yo’s, and GIRLS!


  • He has a brother named bill.

  • Jerry has 6 kids

  • Jerry Spinelli also has 16 grandchildren

  • He married Eilleen in 1977

Books he wrote
Books He Wrote

  • Smiles To Go (James’s Book)

  • Eggs ( McKenzie’s Book)

  • Crash

  • Milkweed (Madi’s Book); his newest book

  • Space Station Seventh Grade: first book ever written

  • Wringer ( Maleya’s Book);Newberry honor book-1998

  • Maniac Magee: Newberry Medal winner!-1991


  • Degrees from Gettysburg college & John Hopkins University

  • His father published a poem he had written and he realized he would not become a Major league baseball player.

  • Career included editing and engineering magazine published by the Chilton company and Military service.

Overview on smiles to go
Overview on Smiles to Go!

  • Smiles To Go is about the life of Will Tuppence, who's life spins out of control when a proton of an atom dies. Suddenly he’s wondering if his friends are really his enemies and his enemies are his friends. Then he finds out his sisters in the hospital and he suddenly realizes he cares for her.

Overview on eggs
Overview on Eggs

  • Eggs by Jerry Spinelli is about the life of David who is 9 years old and Prudence who is 13 years old. David does not have many friends and he doesn’t want any since his mother has died. Until he meets Prudence a 13 year old that does not like her fortune teller mother so she live in a van in the driveway. They become friends and share things they have in common and talk about what they are missing in life. Then they realize they really are true friends.

Overview on milkweed
Overview on Milkweed

  • The book Milkweed is about the Holocaust. The main characters name is Misha he is homeless and doesn’t know who his parents are. When then soldiers come and take him to a camp he meets a girl named Jaine. They become best friends almost like brother and sister. They find ways to sneak out of the camp and get food for their families. One day the soldiers tell them they have to leave and get on a train they no if they do they will die.

Overview on wringer
Overview on Wringer

  • This book is about a boy named Palmer, and he lives in a town that wrings pigeons. Palmer has a secret pet pigeon and no one except his friend Dorothy knows. Will his town find out? Palmer is scared, he doesn’t want his pigeon to die.

Book talk and reader s chair prompts
Book talk and Reader’s chair prompts!

McKenzie’s book talk- Q:What have you learned from Eggs about people, families, friends, life in general?

A: I have learned that everybody needs friends and family even if something terrible has happened in your life.

Madi’s book talk- Q: If the author could have written one more chapter, or an epilogue in Milkweed, what do you think it would have included?

A:If he had to write another chapter it would probably be about Misha telling his granddaughter about why he made her middle name Jaine.

Book talk and reader s chair prompts1
Book talk and Reader’s chair prompts!

James's book talk- Q: How did this book Smiles to go measure up to your expectations?

A: When I got it, I had no idea what it was going to be about. So no it kind of didn’t. But all the same it was still a good book.

Maleya’s book talk- Q: How did Wringer provide a new type of reading experience for you?

A:I’ve never read a book about personal problems, usually I read mysterious books.