Spinelli signing one of his books
1 February 1941 |
Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
|Genres||Children's and young-adult novels|
|Notable award(s)||Newbery Medal
Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Phoenixville, PA. At the age of sixteen, his love of sports inspired him to compose a poem about a recent football victory, which his father published it in the local newspaper without his knowledge. It was at this time he realized that he would not become a major league football player, and decided to become a writer instead.
At Gettysburg College, Spinelli spent his time writing short stories and was the editor of the college literary magazine. After graduation, he became a writer and editor for a department store magazine. The next two decades, he spent his time working normal jobs during the day so that he had the energy to write fiction in his free time. He found himself writing during lunch breaks, on weekends, and after dinner.
His first few novels were written for adults and were all rejected. His fifth novel was also intended for adults, but became his first children's book. This work, Space Station Seventh Grade, was published in 1982.
Spinelli graduated from Gettysburg College in 1963 and acquired his MA from Johns Hopkins University in 1964. In 1977 he married Eileen Mesi, another children's writer. They have six children and twenty-one grandchildren.
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|Space Station Seventh Grade||1982|
|Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?||1984|
|Jason and Marceline||1986|
|Night of the Whale||1988|
|Maniac Magee||1990 - 1991 Newbery Award|
|The Bathwater Gang||1990|
|Hallie Jefferys Life||1991|
|Fourth Grade Rats||1991|
|Report to the Principal’s Office||1991|
|There's a Girl in My Hammerlock||1991|
|Do the Funky Pickle||1992|
|Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole?||1992|
|Crash (Spinelli novel)||1996|
|The Library Card||1997|
|Wringer||1997 - 1998 Newbery Honor|||
|Blue Ribbon Blues: A Tooter Tale||1998|
|Knots in My Yo-Yo String||1998|
|Milkweed: A Novel||2003|
|My Daddy and Me||2006|
|Smiles to Go||2008|
|I Can Be Anything!||2010|
|"Jake and Lilly"||2012|
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- "He's a Man of Many Words". The Washington Post. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
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- "A video interview with Jerry Spinelli". WETA Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
- "1998 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-11-02.
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