Eggs (novel)

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Eggs
Eggs cover.jpg
Author Jerry Spinelli
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult fiction
Published June 2007
Little, Brown and Company
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
Pages 224pp
ISBN 0-316-16646-4
OCLC 71788820
LC Class PZ7.S75663 Egg 2007

Eggs is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli that was published in 2007. The story outlines a relationship that develops between two children that seemingly have little in common other than loneliness.

Davids mother slips in a wet floor without a wet floor sign and falls down the stairs, resulting in her death. The Limpert family, consisting of Margaret, David's grandmother, David, Carolyn's son, and Carolyn's husband, move from Minnesota to Perkiomen Township, Pennsylvania. David becomes quiet and sensitive about his mother's death, and becomes attached to the idea that if he follows every law and rule (some of which he arbitrarily created) perfectly, then his mother may come back. His father, a sales manager, only comes home on the weekends. David is raised by his loving grandmother whom he disrespects and ignores completely.

In the beginning of the book, David's grandmother is taking him to the Easter Egg hunt, much to his disappointment. While hunting for eggs, he finds a beautiful girl resting underneath the leaves by some trees. When David asks if she's dead, she makes no response. He starts to talk to her about himself. He leaves, thinking that it's a dead body he's seen, and waits for a newspaper to come to express the news. It turns out that the girl he mistook for dead is Primrose, a ruthless thirteen-year-old who defies all rules.

In a short time, the two, a thirteen-year-old with no father but a fortune-telling mother, and a nine-year-old with no mother, become great friends. Primrose lives in a 1977 van instead of a home, despite her the two quickly reunite. Primrose sets off on a journey with David, who seemed to have no choice when she said she would go to Philadelphia. Later, she admits that she wants to see the Waving Man, a man who had been seen on TV, and known for waving at people as they passed. She also confessed that she wanted to ask why he waves. Much to David's shock, the two spend the night alone and away from home, since they couldn't make it back in time. David finds a comic book, Veronica, and reads to Primrose until she goes to sleep. In the morning, they are soon found by a police officer who had been looking for them throughout the night; but not before David sees the sunrise, which he had vowed never to do without his mother, since before she died she had promised him that they would watch it together.

The book ends with David planning his 10th birthday party. He leaves to go to Primrose, and helps her shove her beanbag back into her home. She wants to move back in with her mother, who had been the first to see her back in town when she came out of the police cruiser. David asks Primrose if they are going to try to go back to Philadelphia. Primrose says no because she knows why the Waving man waves. When asked by David why he waves, she says "because they wave back".

Characters[edit]

  • David Limpert - A lone nine-year-old boy (ten years old by the end of the book) who is described as very grief-stricken and sensitive about his mother's death. David lives with his father and his grandmother, whom he dislikes because she acts like she is his mother. His grandmother constantly encourages David to make some friends, which he eventually does with a girl named Primrose Periwinkle Dufee and Refrigerator John. He is skilled with his yo-yo (Spitfire) and loves to watch television and drink mango madness and have adventures.
  • Primrose Periwinkle Dufee - A rebellious thirteen-year-old girl. David describes her as beautiful. She is often embarrassed by her mom, causing her to live in her "room", a broken down van, outside of her real house. She moves back with her mother by the end of the story.
  • Margret Limpert - An old, seemingly kind woman who cares for David. She is always trying to help David but he doesn't see it the same way she does. She is very timid and nervous, especially when it comes to driving. They become closer to each other in the last few chapters of the novel.
  • Madame Dufee - Primrose's mother. She is a fortune teller who tells everybody she sees "you will live a long and happy life", except for Primrose, who will have a "short and crappy life".
  • Refrigerator John - A very intelligent and kind man that befriends Primrose and David, who also fixes used or broken appliances.
  • David's father - He only comes home on the weekends. His grandmother says he's "overwhelmed", however, David thinks that his father doesn't have enough time for him. David's father works in Connecticut, so his grandmother takes care of him most of the time.
  • Carolyn Sue Limpert - Born in Minnesota, she is David's mother who unfortunately died from a fall at work .

Reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews wrote "With strong characterization of major and minor characters and a light, poetic touch, Spinelli deftly handles themes of friendship, family, loss and resilience in a story that will long linger in the hearts of readers." and found Eggs "Elegant and memorable."[1] while Publishers Weekly saw that "In Spinelli's (Maniac Magee ) latest novel, the Newbery Medalist falls slightly short of the high standard he's set in some of his previous books."[2] Common Sense Media described it "By turns moving, magical, and startlingly original, this story gives readers plenty to chew on."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eggs". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eggs". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eggs". www.commonsensemedia.org. Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

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