New Release Books by Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli is the author of My Fourth of July (2022), Dead Wednesday (2021), Stargirl (2020), The Warden's Daughter (2017), Mama Seeton's Whistle (2015) and other 129 books.

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My Fourth of July

release date: May 17, 2022
My Fourth of July
Picnics! Singing! Fireworks! It''s time to celebrate the best day of all--the Fourth of July! Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and award-winning illustrator Larry Day join forces to celebrate America''s birthday, the Fourth of July. A responsible little boy who''s eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there''s a lot of work to do--pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled--and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun . . . the world''s best picnic! Face painting! A band concert! And then, after what seems like the longest wait ever . . . he can kick back and enjoy the fireworks with the rest of the country. This delicious and spirited book celebrates small town America and is full of nostalgia for times gone by, yet absolutely of the moment.

Dead Wednesday

release date: Aug 03, 2021
Dead Wednesday
Can playing dead bring you back to life? Maybe on Dead Wednesday… On this day the worlds of a shy boy and a gone girl collide, and the connection they make will change them both forever. A brilliant new novel from the Newbery Medal winner and author of the New York Times bestseller Stargirl. "Jerry Spinelli has created another middle grade masterpiece." —BookPage, starred review On Dead Wednesday, every eighth grader in Amber Springs is assigned the name and identity of a teenager who died a preventable death in the past year. The kids don black shirts and for the whole day everyone in town pretends they''re invisible—as if they weren''t even there. The adults think it will make them contemplate their mortality. The kids know it''s a free pass to get away with anything. Worm Tarnauer feels invisible every day. He''s perfectly happy being the unnoticed sidekick of his friend Eddie. So he''s not expecting Dead Wednesday to feel that different. But he didn''t count on being assigned Becca Finch (17, car crash). And he certainly didn''t count on Becca showing up to boss him around! Letting this girl into his head is about to change everything. This is the story of the unexpected, heartbreaking, hilarious, truly epic day when Worm Tarnauer discovers his own life.

Stargirl

release date: Mar 03, 2020
Stargirl
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

The Warden's Daughter

release date: Jan 03, 2017
The Warden's Daughter
From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli comes the story of a girl searching for happiness inside the walls of a prison. And don''t miss the author''s highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! Cammie O''Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she''s the warden''s daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women''s excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends. But even though Cammie''s free to leave the prison, she''s still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn''t think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she''s willing to work with what she''s got. "A tapestry of grief and redemption, woven by a master storyteller ....Moving and memorable." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Mama Seeton's Whistle

release date: Apr 14, 2015
Mama Seeton's Whistle
Without even thinking about it,Mama Seeton puckered her lips and whistled.It was not a loud whistle.Or a fancy whistle. Just a simple two-note whistle. When Mama Seeton whistles, her children run home for chocolate cake, hugs, kisses, and shared memories. But as time passes, they travel farther and farther away from the familiar sound. Can mama''s whistle be heard all over the world, and bring her children home one more time? Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli''s sweet lyrical text and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham''s charming illustrations show the timeless love between a mother and her children.

Crash

release date: Apr 07, 2015
Crash
Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather''s stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Today I Will

release date: Oct 29, 2014
Today I Will
Reassuring advice for every day of the year From an esteemed husband-and-wife team comes a book of daily advice and insight. In dated entries meant to be read one per day, the Spinellis open with a brief quote from children’s literature, write a paragraph of lively advice inspired by that quote, and end with a “Today I will . . .” promise. The entries range from the broad (self-esteem, the environment, gratitude, and openmindedness) to the simple and specific (Today I will call a grandparent . . . smile at a new kid . . . take a walk . . . and send a snail-mail letter.). With wide appeal to fans of both children’s literature and advice books, this cozy page-a-day volume (with black-and-white spot art) offers inspiring quotes, gentle guidance, and 366 “Today I will . . .” promises to thoughtful readers everywhere.

Jason and Marceline

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Jason and Marceline
Jason and Marceline have been friends since the end of seventh grade. Now in ninth grade, Jason''s starting to think that they could be more than friends, and Marceline''s starting to think so, too. But does the beginning of romance mean the end of their friendship?

Space Station Seventh Grade

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Space Station Seventh Grade
Now a seventh grader, Jason finds out the hard way just how different things are where ninth graders are the kings.

Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?
Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? Sibling rivalry at its finest! Whether it''s on the hockey ice, at school, or at home, Greg and Megin just can''t seem to get along. She calls him Grosso, he calls her Megamouth. They battle with donuts, cockroaches, and hair. Will it take a tragedy for them to realize how much they actually care for each other?

Maniac Magee

release date: Jan 28, 2014
Maniac Magee
A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs. Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn''t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

My Daddy and Me

release date: May 29, 2013
My Daddy and Me
This Father''s Day show dad how much you care with this gift-book celebrating the moments you share! I can''t wait for my daddy to come home from work. There are so many things to do! In a loving tribute to fathers and sons, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli and New Yorker artist Seymour Chwast join talents to celebrate the very best moment of the day: when daddy comes home.

Third Grade Angels

release date: Jul 29, 2014
Third Grade Angels
Newbery Medalist Spinelli makes a warm, funny return to elementary school in the long-awaited prequel to his bestseller, "Fourth Grade Rats."

Blue Ribbon Blues

release date: Apr 24, 2013
Blue Ribbon Blues
Ever since her family moved to Aunt Sally''s farm, Tooter''s known that farm life is definitely not for her. There''s no pizzeria for miles, her nearest neighbor is a dumb boy, and even her own pet chicken hates her! So Tooter decides to show everyone what she''s made of by winning the blue ribbon at the County Fair''s goat show. Now all she has to do is keep her little brother--and his paint brush--away from her prize goat!

Hokey Pokey

release date: Jan 08, 2013
Hokey Pokey
Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when one of the biggest kids, Jack, has his beloved bike stolen—and by a girl, no less—his entire world, and the world of Hokey Pokey, turns to chaos. Without his bike, Jack feels like everything has started to go wrong. He feels different, not like himself, and he knows something is about to change. And even more troubling he alone hears a faint train whistle. But that''s impossible: every kid knows there no trains in Hokey Pokey, only tracks. Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has written a dizzingly inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imagination play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but the unwelcome arrival of night, as well.

The Stargirl Collection

release date: Dec 11, 2012
The Stargirl Collection
This ebook collection contains the complete text of Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli''s modern classic for young readers, and its acclaimed follow-up, Love, Stargirl.

Fourth Grade Rats

release date: Sep 01, 2012
Fourth Grade Rats
A fast, fun, friendship read from the Newbery-award winning author of Maniac Magee. Fourth graders are tough. They aren''t afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry. Suds knows that now that he''s in fourth grade, he''s supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds''s friend Joey teach him to toughen up...or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?

Jake and Lily

release date: May 08, 2012
Jake and Lily
Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins. Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same—like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself—who is the real Jake? This is an often funny, poignant, and profound story of growing up, growing apart, and the difficult process of figuring out who you really are.

The Bathwater Gang

release date: Jul 15, 2014
The Bathwater Gang
Bertie''s all-girl gang becomes involved in a harmless but heartfelt war with an all-boy gang, until Bertie''s grandmother steps in with a perfect solution.

I Can Be Anything!

release date: Mar 01, 2010
I Can Be Anything!
When I grow up, what shall I be? This exuberant book offers up everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder, from a silly joke teller to a snowball smoother. Newbery-Award winning author Jerry Spinelli''s simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by internationally-renowned illustrator Jimmy Liao''s vibrant and fantastical illustrations. This book is an imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer. So, what do you want to be? Remember--you can be anything!

Milkweed

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Milkweed
The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wit and courage to survive unimaginable circumstances.

Loser

release date: Oct 13, 2009
Loser
From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen. Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn''t know he''s not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff''s differences show that any name can someday become "hero." With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy''s individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs. The perfect classroom read.

Wringer

release date: Oct 13, 2009
Wringer
Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children''s Book "Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times "A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A realistic story with the intensity of a fable." —The Horn Book (starred review) "Thought-provoking." —School Library Journal (starred review) In Palmer LaRue''s hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy''s life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in. Wringer is a powerful tour de force from Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli.

Smiles to Go

release date: Oct 13, 2009
Smiles to Go
What is stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, pepperoni pizza eater, older brother, sister hater, best friend, first kisser, science geek, control freak Will Tuppence so afraid of in this great big universe? Jerry Spinelli knows.

Knots in My Yo-Yo String

release date: Jan 21, 2009
Knots in My Yo-Yo String
Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction. And don''t miss the author''s highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! "A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor''s edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" --The Washington Post From first memories through high school, including first kiss, first punch, first trip to the principal''s office, and first humiliating sports experience, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood. Rather, like Spinelli''s fiction, its appeal lies in the accessibility and universality of his life. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir-- a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages.

Love, Stargirl

release date: Aug 14, 2007
Love, Stargirl
The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl, now an original film on Disney+! And don''t miss the author''s highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! Love, Stargirl picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world''s longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year''s time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life. In Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and - of course - love. “Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times

Eggs

release date: May 05, 2011
Eggs
Nine-year-old David is sad and angry - his mother has recently died in a freak accident and now he has to live with his grandmother, as his father is too busy to care for him. Then David meets thirteen-year-old Primrose, who has no dad, and a neglectful and eccentric mother. Together these two damaged children help each other to find what is missing in their lives...
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