Jerry Spinelli is a Newberry Award winning author who is best known for writing Maniac Magee and Stargirl. He writes children’s novels that focus on the period around adolescence and adulthood.

Spinelli got a great start in writing as when he was 16 his school’s football team got a huge victory. Instead of going out and celebrating, he went home and composed a poem about the game. His father liked it so much that he got it published in the local paper which helped to inspire him to become a writer in his future. He attended Gettysburg College where he wrote short stories and worked as editor for the college literary magazine. It took him a few years after graduation to get published as numerous adult novels he wrote were rejected, but his fifth novel was Space Station Seventh Grade and he became published in 1982.

Publication Order of Space Station Seventh Grade Books

Space Station Seventh Grade (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jason and Marceline (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Fourth Grade Rats Books

Fourth Grade Rats (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Third Grade Angels (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tooter Tale Books

Tooter Pepperday (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Ribbon Blues (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Stargirl Books

Stargirl (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love, Stargirl (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stargirl Movie Tie-In Edition (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of School Daze Books

Report to the Principal's Office! (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Do The Funky Pickle (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Picklemania (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night of the Whale (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maniac Magee (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bathwater Gang (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dump Days (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There's a Girl in My Hammerlock (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bathwater Gang Gets Down to Business (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crash (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mighty Crashman (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wringer (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Library Card (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Smiles to Go (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Loser (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Milkweed (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eggs (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jake and Lily (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hokey Pokey (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Warden's Daughter (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Picture Books

My Daddy and Me (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Can Be Anything! (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mama Seeton's Whistle (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Fourth of July (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Knots in My Yo-Yo String (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stargirl Journal (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Today I Will (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Jerry Spinelli Books, You’ll Love…

Stargirl is the first book in the series of the same name. From the first day at Mica High, Stargirl bursts into the lives of the students. She manages to lead a revolution of school spirit with just one cheer, she captures the heart of Leo Borlock, and the whole school is enchanted by Stargirl. Until they’re not. They turn on her in an instant and she is shunned for the things that make her different. Leo is worried and desperate with love so he encourages her to become something that would destroy her: normal.

The Newberry Medal Award winning Maniac Magee is one of Spinelli’s best known books. The book tells the story of Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee who is a bit of an urban legend in his hometown. He lost his parents due to a freak accident when he was young and that has made him into a different kind of kid. One day Magee decides to run. A lot. As he does and gets into all sorts of adventures, his legend grows as he deals with a difficult life in this small, racially divided town.

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