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Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli is an author of Kids Books. He's written over 25 books, won a Newbery Award (Maniac Magee), and a Newbery Honor (Wringer).

Where did Jerry Spinelli grow up?

Jerry Spinelli was born on February 1, 1941 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. As a kid he wanted to be a cowboy, then as a teenager he wanted to be a baseball player. However, in high school a poem of his about football was published in the local newspaper. This made him start to think he wanted to be a writer.

He went to college to learn about being a writer. After college, he had several jobs while trying to write novels on the side. Over the next fifteen years, Spinelli wrote four novels that weren't published, until finally his fifth novel, Space Station Seventh Grade, was published as a children's book. It took Jerry a lot of work and many years to reach his goal, but now he has had over 25 books published and is a successful author. Also, as Jerry points out on his online biography, he's an accomplished grandfather and star-gazer.

List of kids and young adult books by Jerry Spinelli

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