Jerry Spinelli is the author of several novels, including Wringer, Crash, There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock, and the Newbery Medal-winning Maniac Magee.
Jerry Spinelli attended Gettysburg College. He lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, with his wife and fellow author, Eileen Spinelli, and their children.
The book in one sentence: To quote the New York Times’ quote: “Here are four amusingly extravagant stories about how a modest library card can change lives.”
Who would you recommend it to: People who don’t like reading books.
OK bits: Out of the four stories, I like the first one best (Mongoose). Brenda is also quite nice, since I can relate to her addiction to the idiot box.
Boring bits: I didn’t like the last two stories as much – Sonseray and April Mendez.
Random review quote:
“Spinelli’s characters are unusual and memorable; his writing both humorous and convincing… readers… are likely to identify with these four characters and be easily persuaded that a plain blue library card could indeed contain all the magic necessary to find an identity, a mother, a friend, or a future.” — The Horn Book Magazine
Verdict: It’s not a book that I like very much, but I’m sentimental towards it because it’s about the power of a library card.