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Jerry Spinelli

Biography

Jerry Spinelli

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many books for young readers, including STARGIRL; LOVE, STARGIRL; MILKWEED; CRASH; WRINGER; MANIAC MAGEE, winner of the Newbery Medal; and KNOTS IN MY YO-YO STRING, his autobiography. He grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where he once dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player. All of this changed at age 16, when his poem about a football game was published in the local newspaper. From then on, he wanted to become a writer.

Jerry's first book for children was published when he was 41-years-old. He still lives in Pennsylvania with his "Stargirl," his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.

Jerry Spinelli

Books by Jerry Spinelli

by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. And then they turn on her.