"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), Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned
his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his
best-selling fiction. 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.
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli. From the Hardcover edition.